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Renewable Energy is Important Part of Our Mix

by Jim McCarty When a master mechanic sets out to fix a problem, he or she will use every tool in the toolbox.     As Associated Electric Cooperative (AECI), power supplier for Access Energy Cooperatives, works to meet the growing energy needs of the membership, they plan to follow a similar approach. And, that means […]

New Meter System to Improve Service, Cost and Time

Access Energy Cooperative has completed the installation of our Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system.  All meters except those served by our Russell Substation have been replaced with a new meter which allows a computer in our office to remotely read members’ meters.  The new system does far more than read meters!!!  Since we have two-way […]

What Causes Your Cooperative the Most Outages?

Power outages can be caused by many things including the following: Storms—Wind, heat, ice, and snow are the most common causes of widespread power outages. Lightning—When lightning strikes transmission towers, wires, and poles, outages occur. Animals—Squirrels, birds, and other small animals are a common cause for power lines to short circuit. Trees—During high winds, or […]

After the Storm

One of the worse power outages Access Energy Cooperative has ever experienced occurred on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 24, when rain turned to ice and the wind started to blow. “When the ice hit we lost transmission voltage to six of our substations and the dispatching team from Northeast Power turned everything back over […]

Electricity: It’s Still That Cheap?

Electric rates have been stable for so long (almost twenty years at Access Energy Cooperative!!!) that it’s understandable that many of us may take the value of electricity for granted.  We come home from work or play, step inside the door, and flip that light switch. We head for the kitchen to start dinner, pulling […]

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