Accidental damage to electric infrastructure and fiber optic internet lines, whether the lines are buried underground or are overhead, can be costly to those responsible. Unfortunately, the cost of materials and labor in recent years has skyrocketed, causing repairs to become even more expensive. Oftentimes, damage to underground utilities can be avoided if people are… Continue reading.
We have been getting a lot of questions from our members about the facility charge and wholesale power cost adjustment on their bills since the recent rate increase. It is important to note that prior to the rate increase, the bills had the facility charge and the wholesale power cost adjustment charges included in the… Continue reading.
Blasts of winter wind, precipitation and fluctuating temperatures can result in severe freezing rain, sleet, snow and ice storms. A heavy build-up of ice on power lines can cause wires to snap and utility poles to topple. Falling ice-laden trees or limbs can bring down power lines, cause outages, and threaten life and property. Marshall… Continue reading.
As a cooperative member, you have more influence on Marshall County REMC than you might realize. Not only can you contact us to share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences, but you can also take part in guiding the direction of your co-op into the future. Because we are a member-owned electric cooperative, you can serve… Continue reading.
What do you get when you add labor shortages to material shortages in an economy recovering from a worldwide pandemic? The answer? Supply chain issues. Simply put, supply chain problems emerge when the availability of critical equipment and materials decreases as demand grows. It’s affecting us in the electric industry as more and more consumers… Continue reading.
Fall is a busy time, and October is a particularly eventful month with school, community and sports activities in full swing. It’s also when all cooperatives celebrate National Cooperative Month. When Marshall County REMC celebrates Co-op Month, it is celebrating you! After all, our co-op wouldn’t exist without you, our members. Our core business purpose… Continue reading.
Since September is National Preparedness Month — and because severe weather events seem to be occurring more frequently — consider planning for bad weather now before storms hit. I urge you not only to have enough food, water and supplies to last at least a few days, but to take other practical steps to keep… Continue reading.
Some temptations are hard to resist. An example: the allure of that “ding” on your phone, alerting you to an incoming text or call. When you’re driving, you know you shouldn’t check your phone but, still, the curiosity is driving you crazy! You tell yourself that making an exception — just this once — won’t… Continue reading.
It’s no secret that consumers with a water, gas or electricity connection have long been targets for utility scams, but fraudsters have changed their tactics since the Covid-19 pandemic. As consumers became more reliant on technology for work, school and commerce, scammers noted these shifts and adapted their tactics to this changed environment. Imposter scams… Continue reading.
Our last large outage in April had a lot of members wondering “Why is my power out when it’s sunny and nice outside?” We all anticipate our lights might go out when a big storm rolls through, but the reality is there are many factors that cause outages even when the weather is perfect. To… Continue reading.
At Marshall County REMC, we recognize Electrical Safety Month every May, but we also know the importance of practicing safety year-round. From our co-op crews to you, the consumer-members we serve, we recognize that everyone has a part to play in prioritizing safety. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the… Continue reading.
You’ve likely noticed Marshall County REMC’s crews out and about, working on power lines and other electrical equipment in our community. It’s no secret that a lineworker’s job is tough — but it’s a job that’s essential and must be done, often in challenging conditions. This month, as we celebrate Lineworker Appreciation Day on April… Continue reading.