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Mutual Aid Teams Restore Power After Devastating Windstorms

More than 864,000 Michigan households were left without power last week after multiple rounds of severe windstorms rolled through the state. Gusts of up to 104 mph leveled hundreds of trees and launched trampolines and other debris into the branches of those left standing. MECA Safety Director, Joe McElroy, was stranded at a Safety [...]

By |August 19th, 2021|MECA News|0 Comments

Michigan Co-ops Participate in the 2021 NRECA Legislative Conference

More than 1,500 electric cooperative leaders from across the country participated in the NRECA Legislative Conference this week (April 20-23). While the annual conference typically includes a full schedule of in-person meetings with members of Congress in their Washington, D.C. offices, ongoing coronavirus restrictions required all appointments to be held virtually this year. Michigan [...]

By |April 22nd, 2021|MECA News|Comments Off on Michigan Co-ops Participate in the 2021 NRECA Legislative Conference

Filling A Gap: Michigan Co-ops Bring Electric Vehicle Chargers to Rural Communities

The remote town of Onaway, Michigan—population 880—is not an obvious pick to install a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station. While most EV charging stations today are in urban areas or along expressways, Michigan’s electric cooperatives are planning for a different future. Placing chargers in rural areas will allow EV drivers to visit smaller [...]

By |February 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Filling A Gap: Michigan Co-ops Bring Electric Vehicle Chargers to Rural Communities

MECA Helps Produce PIE&G Virtual Annual Meeting

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) continued the recent trend by holding its 83rd Annual Membership Meeting as a live, online event. The meeting was live streamed from the co-op headquarters building in Onaway via Zoom video conference. A multi-camera setup allowed directors in attendance to stay 6-feet apart and only remove face [...]

By |October 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MECA Helps Produce PIE&G Virtual Annual Meeting

$16 Billion Rural Broadband Auction Kicks Off

190 Electric Co-ops Among Qualified Bidders The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the list of qualifying bidders and a map of available territories for the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction. This $16 billion auction opens up the opportunity to extend broadband to these rural areas of electric and telephone cooperatives, consortiums, and other [...]

By |October 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on $16 Billion Rural Broadband Auction Kicks Off

Co-op Annual Meetings Go Virtual

From social distancing to face coverings, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the world to adapt to new ways of doing things. For many cooperatives, this includes creative solutions for the annual membership meeting. Earlier this month, Cherryland Electric Cooperative and Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Assn. held virtual annual meetings online—a first for both co-ops. [...]

By |June 22nd, 2020|MECA News|Comments Off on Co-op Annual Meetings Go Virtual
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