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People Fund helps cook up enthusiasm

Grant allows Buckeye Central PTO to host Cooking Caravan 

The Buckeye Central Parent Teacher Organization hosted the Columbus-based Cooking Caravan, as they squared off in culinary competition with funding from North Central Electric’s People Fund. 

The Cooking Caravan is a mixture of chefs, actors, artists, educators, and musicians with a passion for teaching and inspiring children about cooking healthy foods. Four chefs from Buckeye Central helped the Caravan professionals in a battle to see who could make the tastiest, yet healthy, meal. 

Penny Power

People Fund issues 20 grants totaling nearly $35,000 in 2017 

The power of maintenance

Weather impacts 2017 outage report

The number of outages in 2017 rose nearly 45 percent from 2016, as snow and high winds impacted North Central Electric Cooperative’s statistics.

The board of trustees reviewed the annual outage summary at its February meeting, which showed maintenance efforts and technology enhancements are paying dividends when it comes to providing reliable service. 

The 254 outages were two shy of NCE’s 10-year average. Weather-related issues caused nearly half of the outages. 

Creative do-gooders painting smiles one rock at a time

Similar to a creative game of hide-and-seek, the idea is pretty simple: paint a rock, then hide it. If you find a rock, snap a photo, post it on the Facebook page for Seneca County Rocks!, and then re-hide the rock.
So what exactly is the purpose of these groups, and what is it that they hope to accomplish?

Lighting upgrade and rebate brightens Buckeye Central Schools


North Central Electric Cooperative Energy Services Advisor Andrew Finton helped New Washington’s Buckeye Central Local School District upgrade its lighting to the more efficient LED technology. Buckeye Central Maintenance Supervisor Jarrod Clady is leading the project. 

Phone scam is targeting members

Multiple North Central Electric Cooperative consumers have called in to report that they received a suspicious phone call claiming to be coming from the North Central office. Scammers can be very smart and quite deceiving.

Fostoria spec building sold

A new commercial member is joining the ranks of North Central Electric Cooperative and will be moving into the speculative building that was built in Fostoria’s Corporate Place Industrial Park off of Rte. 23. 

Dispelling time-of-day rate misconceptions

Last fall, we mailed everyone a Time-of-Day (TOD) Rate magnet showing our on-peak and off-peak hours for the calendar year. We have always been concerned that members may not understand the concept behind this rate. 
Last spring, we conducted our annual customer satisfaction survey and asked members a series of questions regarding their familiarity with the TOD Rate. The results were encouraging. Eighty-six percent said they were aware of it, and the percentage rose to 94 after being prompted by the person conducting the survey. 

Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1

The new residential rate schedule for North Central Electric Cooperative went into effect Jan. 1 and will be reflected on members’ February bills. 
The difference between on-peak and off-peak electric generation charges has increased from 3 to 3.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). This change in the difference between on-peak and off-peak generation charges is not a rate increase. When the rate difference is adjusted, the on-peak rate increases while the off-peak rate decreases proportionately.   

Mohawk sees the light

North Central Electric Cooperative Energy Services Advisor Andrew Finton helped Sycamore’s Mohawk Local Schools upgrade their lighting to more efficient LED technology. Lighting upgrades to the main building, MCI building, and Field House allowed Mohawk to reduce its lighting wattage by more than 45,000 watts.


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