Member Appreciation Event

Join us in Menahga on Thursday, August 9th for burgers and root beer floats!

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Memorial Forest & Campground

Menahga, MN

 

Cop-Op Strong Member Appreciation

Local Projects Receive Grants

Giving back to the communities we serve is a core cooperative principal.  The Operation Round Up Program from Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is a great way for the co-op and its members to give back.

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s Community Trust Board recently met and awarded 12 Operation Round Up grants to local non-profit organizations, totaling $11,400.

The recipient organizations and their awards are as follows:

June 2018 Operation Round Up grant recipients

Funds for the Operation Round Up program come from participating Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members who allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the change allocated to a Community Trust Fund. The average donation is less than 50 cents a month, yet together, members raise and donate about $30,000 annually to community service projects in the two-county area.

Since the program’s inception in 2002, Todd-Wadena members have raised and donated more than $490,000 for more than 600 local community projects.

Todd-Wadena’s Operation Round Up grant applications are reviewed and recipients selected three times a year by a seven-member volunteer Community Trust board.  The next application deadline is September 15.

Local, nonprofit community service groups may apply for Operation Round Up grants by stopping by or calling the Cooperative office at 800-321-8932 or by downloading a copy of the application form and guidelines from the Todd-Wadena website, www.toddwadena.coop  and clicking the ‘Our Community’ tab.

June Grant Recipients

Safety tips for when the power goes out

When the lights go out, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) crews are hard at work finding ways to restore power for their members.GRE_Be Safe_Power Lines Summer 2016_Color

“Their first priority is always safety,” said Kallie Van De Venter, Communications Specialist for TWEC. “Crews give immediate attention to dangerous situations, such as power lines down on roadways or streets. Typically local police or fire station personnel are called to secure the area until our crews can restore power to the area. Sometimes tree crews must clear tree branches or limbs from the area before repairs can be made.”

TWEC crews work with employees from Great River Energy, our wholesale electric supplier, to restore power quickly and safely.

While they’re working to restore your power, consider the five following tips:

  1. Stay away from downed power lines.
  2. Treat all power lines as though they’re energized.
  3. If you run over a downed power line, stay in your vehicle and call 911.
  4. If you use a backup generator, follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for safe operation.
  5. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to maintain a cool temperature.

“We want all of our members to be safe during an outage, which involves taking time to ensure you know how to use your backup generator and avoid downs power lines,” Van De Venter said.

Visit greatrivernergy.com/restoringyourpower to watch short videos on generator safety, food safety, how to prepare an emergency kit and more. Click on the playlist icon in the upper left-hand corner of the video box.

What should YOU do when the power goes out?

When the lights go out, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative crews are hard at work finding ways to restore power for their members.

“Their first priority is always safety,” said Kallie Van De Venter, the Communications Specialist for Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative. “We always start with the more dangerous situations, such as power lines down on homes, roadways or streets.” Typically local police or fire station personnel are called to secure the area until TWEC crews can restore power to the area. Sometimes tree crews must clear tree branches or limbs from the area before repairs can be made. Todd-Wadena crews work with employees from Great River Energy, our wholesale electric supplier, to restore power quickly and safely.

“We want everyone to be safe during an outage, which means members should take time to make sure you know how to use your backup generator, and to avoid downed power lines,” Van De Venter said.
Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s website, which now has an easy-to-use mobile site (www.toddwadena.coop) contains many resources regarding safety during and after storms.

Click on the Outage Information button on the main page. You’ll find a link to the ‘Be Red Cross Ready’ Power Outage Checklist and a checklist for emergency preparedness. You can also view short videos about

• Food Safety During an Outage
• How to Prepare an Emergency Kit
• Automatic Garage Doors during an Outage.

You can also visit greatrivernergy.com/restoringyourpower to watch short videos on generator safety, food safety, how to prepare an emergency kit, and more. Click on the ‘playlist’ icon in the upper left-hand corner of the video box.

While we’re working to restore your power, consider the following tips:

• Stay away from downed power lines.
• Treat all power lines as though they’re energized.
• If you run over a downed power line, stay in your vehicle and call 911.
• If you use a backup generator, follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for safe operation.
• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to maintain a cool temperature.

Click HERE for information on how TWEC restores your power after an outage

We are ready for summer storms

Click HERE for TWEC Outage Information

While summer brings much fun in the sun, it can also bring the occasional severe storm. In the event of a power outage, you can trust that Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is ready to respond. WhatHappensDuringAPowerOutage
The major cause of most power outages comes from damage to power lines due to falling trees and branches. We work year round – through right-of-way clearing – to ensure power lines in our service territory stand little risk of being damaged by trees, branches or other types of vegetation.
Despite our best efforts, during major storms, damage can occur to transmission stations, substations and power lines. When this happens, our first priority is to safely restore power to as many members as possible in the shortest amount of time.
We start by mobilizing our line crews and other critical staff. Every phone line available is utilized to take your outage report calls. The big problems are handled first – like damage to transmission lines, which serve tens of thousands of people. These problems must be corrected before we can focus on other areas where more localized damage may have occurred.
Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s line crews inspect substations to determine if the problem starts there, or if there could be an issue down the line. If the root of the problem is at the substation, power can be restored to thousands of members.
Next, line crews check the service lines that deliver power into neighborhoods and communities. Line crews repair the damaged lines, restoring power to hundreds of people. If you continue to experience an outage, there may be damage to a tap line outside of your home or business. Make sure you notify TWEC so crews can inspect these lines.

We will do our best to avoid power outages, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Be sure to check www.toddwadena.coop, or www.facebook.com/ToddWadenaElectricCooperative on your smartphone for the latest updates during a power outage.

Plan Before You Plant

Planting the right tree in the right place can save you energy, and save your co-op additional expenses

 

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is always looking for ways to reduce costs. Tree trimming is one expense that has a potential for savings if members work with us to minimize the number of places we need to trim trees, and how often they need to be trimmed.
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YOU CAN HELP!
Our members can help reduce tree trimming costs, help minimize tree-related outages and ensure reliable electric service for the future, by choosing the right types of trees to plant, and where to plant them.

Where to Plant
Please use the above chart to determine where trees should be planted in relation to power lines and meters.
•10-25 feet – its best not to plant in this area. If you do, only plant low growing trees and shrubs.
• 25-50 feet – Tree’s in this zone should be less than 35-feet high at full maturity.
• 50+ feet – Any large tree’s that reach 35 or more feet high at full maturity should be planted at least this far away from power lines.

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Save energy by planting trees that shade your house on the east and west sides in the summer, and then shed their leaves in the fall to allow heat gain from the winter sun.
Evergreens, or coniferous trees (that keep their “leaves” all year long) planted on theenergy-tree-2 north and northwest side can provide a windbreak in cooler climates.