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May 23, 2024

Summer Temperatures are Here!

Skip chores that require high demand for electric on hot afternoons/evenings from 2 to 7 p.m. (summer’s peak demand period)! That’s when many people are using electricity at the same time, which increases the cost of wholesale power. So, forget the chores for now and do them later in the evening when it is not as hot and demand isn’t as high. Watch this short video to understand peak usage and some tips to help alleviate the Power Rush Hour!  

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April 10, 2024

DOE Transformer Rule Change Eases Supply Chain Gridlock, Enhances Electricity Reliability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy revised its rule on electricity distribution transformers this week, which will ease supply chain challenges and ultimately support electricity reliability and grid resilience. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pushed for the change after speaking with Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives president and CEO, Pat O’Loughlin. Brown stated this week the DOE rule change will protect domestic production of transformers and preserve Ohio jobs. The Department of Energy had proposed a rule that would have required all electrical distribution transformers to shift from the industry standard grain oriented electrical steel (GOES) cores to amorphous cores. This...

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October 27, 2023

Pioneer Rate Adjustment to Take Effect January 1

The Pioneer Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees, based on recommendation from management, has approved a 2.3% distribution rate increase for residential members, which will begin effective January 1, 2024. Depending on your billing cycle, members will start to see the rate adjustment beginning on electric bills received between mid-January and early February. The cooperative has maintained a stable electric distribution rate for eight years, with the most recent increase occurring in 2016. That’s a testament to practical decision-making by our board and management team. We were able to avoid a previously anticipated rate increase in 2020 due to purchasing delays...

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September 11, 2023

Unlocking Year-Round Comfort and Savings: The power of geothermal heating and cooling systems

Did you know there is an abundant source of energy in the ground that can be used to heat a house in the winter, cool it in the summer, and provide some free hot water? You just need to tap into it. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are extremely energy efficient and generally provide the lowest utility bills of any residential heating and cooling system. They tap into the renewable energy from the ground and can provide significant savings on utility bills. Geothermal systems possess remarkable efficiency due to their distinctive operation. While they function similarly to standard heat pumps,...

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August 23, 2023

Our Goal: Providing Value

These services are available to you just for being an electric cooperative member. We believe there is value every time you flip the light switch and the lights turn on. And that’s what we strive for, but beyond the value of reliability, we offer additional services that are designed to benefit both you and your cooperative: Rebates Make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient with our rebates on electric water heaters, heat pumps, insulation, geothermal systems, electric vehicle chargers, and more. SmartHub Through SmartHub, you can easily access and manage your electric use on a monthly, daily, and hourly basis....

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July 11, 2023

Electric Reliability

Current U.S. energy policy threatens electric reliability Throughout the past two months, cooperative leaders and board trustees throughout Ohio engaged our elected leaders at the Ohio Statehouse and in Washington, D.C., to discuss our concerns over power reliability and the impact it will have on our communities. I know you rely on the power we provide, 24/7, 365 days a year — our lives, and livelihoods, depend on it. For the first time since neighbors came together to form Pioneer Electric Cooperative in 1935, the reliability of power is at risk. Buckeye Power, our generation and transmission provider, generates enough...

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