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Have an Energy Efficient Summer

Save energy, save money, and keep your home comfortably cool on hot summer days. Here are a few power-saving tips to get you started. Run the clothes dryer at night to prevent extra heat building up in your home on hot summer days, or better yet, hang clothes outdoors to dry. When you use the dryer, clean the lint filter after every load. Wash clothes in cold water whenever suitable, and wait for a full load before you wash. In the kitchen, stay cool by using the stovetop and oven as little as possible, choosing instead the microwave, slow cooker or barbeque. Wash full loads in the dishwasher and let the dishes air dry. Consider removing an extra fridge or freezer that you only use occasionally, or unplug it when not in use. Close blinds and windows during the day and open them at night. If you have air conditioning, set the temperature as high as comfortable - 25°C is recommended when you are at home, and 30°C when you’re gone. Keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other…

Annual General Meeting

Battle River Power Coop Annual General Meeting Date: June 22, 2017 Location: Norsemen Inn, Camrose Registration begins at 3:30 pm Banquet: 5:00 pm  Ticket: $5.00 each Meeting: 6:00 pm to about 8:00 pm On the Agenda • Reports by Board Chairman and General Manager • Election of Board of Directors  • 2016 Financial Report • Scholarship Awards

Pole Testing

Pole testing and treating is part of the preventative maintenance program at Battle River Power Coop and we apply a cost-effective, reliability-based inspection and pole management program. Pole testing provides valuable data on the condition of this important asset. With that data we can take appropriate preventative or corrective measures to maintain reliability at minimal cost and/or provide life-extension treatment when appropriate.   Our inspection program is based, as always on BRPC’s commitment to consistently provide cost effective, reliable rural electricity delivery to our members. Our pole testing and treatment methods are complemented with scheduled pole replacement, delivering a cost effective solution in the maintenance of a sustainable distribution system.   Electric distribution systems consist of a large number of simple structures – the power line poles – and the reliability of the system as a whole is equal to that structure with the lowest reliability level,…

Energy Efficiency Alberta

Energy Efficiency Alberta Energy Efficiency Alberta is the new Government of Alberta Agency dedicated to helping the province save energy. The programs and rebates currently available can be viewed on the Energy Efficiency Alberta website, and a few of the highlights are outlined below. Online Rebates of up to $100 are available on qualified energy-efficient refrigerators, clothes washers or smart thermostats. Before you make your purchase be sure to check out the eligible products on the Efficiency Alberta website and make sure that your retail outlet sells the qualified items. Then make your purchase and follow the online procedure to get your rebate. Home Improvement Rebates are available when you work with a participating Alberta contractor to install improved insulation, upgraded windows and tankless water heaters. The amount you save will depend on the energy saving value of the project. You will find a list of approved contractors and products on the website. The Residential and…

What to do if you Contact a Power Line

Contact with power lines can be avoided if you plan ahead, know the dimensions of your equipment and continually watch for power lines. However, if you do contact a power line with your equipment, follow these requirements: If you can safely move out from under the line or away from the electricity source, do so. If you cannot drive the vehicle for any reason stay in your vehicle unless there is a secondary emergency (e.g. vehicle is on fire) and warn others to stay away 10 metres (33 feet). Call 911 and your power provider for immediate assistance. If you must exit your vehicle, follow these steps: Make sure no part of your body is touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Open the door as wide as possible and prepare to jump. Jump from the vehicle, making sure you land with both feet together. Do not try to jump too far, making sure you do not stumble and touch the vehicle. Shuffle away -- do not step normally – the inside of your heel should still be touching the toe of the…

Why Attend the Annual General Meeting

Battle River Power Coop members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 22 at the Norsemen Inn in Camrose. Tickets, at $5.00 per person, may be reserved by calling Battle River at 1.877.428.3972, by stopping at the office or by contacting a Director.  Why should members attend? The AGM brings Battle River Power Coop member-owners up to date on the business and operations of your cooperative. The event includes a commentary from the Chairman, the annual report from the General Manager, presentation of the 2016 financial statements and an election of the Board of Directors. This year there are five Directors whose terms are expiring, four of whom have stated their intention to seek re-election. The Directors, like you, are all members of Battle River Power Coop. We always look forward to the scholarship presentations. It is inspiring to hear about the accomplishments and aspirations of the fine young people in our membership. This year we are pleased to present five…

Use Caution When Working Around Power Lines

Farm work holds extra challenges for many Battle River Power Coop members this spring. Some of you are dealing with unharvested acres from last fall and seeding spring crops at the same time.  Even with the pressure of so much work, please take the time to stay safe around power lines. Avoid personal injury, damage to your equipment and damage to the lines by taking these precautions: Check the height of your equipment. Know the height to ensure you can cross safely under power lines and be aware that newer equipment may be higher. If equipment is higher than 4.1 metres (13.5 feet) you must contact your power provider before beginning the move and request assistance. Stay seven metres (23 feet) away from power lines. Pay special attention when operating grain augers, air seeders, or when lifting truck boxes or operating back hoes. Plan before you move high equipment. If you are unsure about crossing under or working in close proximity to a power line, call your power provider for assistance.…

Deferred Payment Program - Grain Sales

In the last federal budget a proposal was unveiled to abolish the deferred payment program on sales for barley, wheat, oats, flaxseed, canola, and rye. Current news articles state, “the proposal suggests the system is out of step from the general rule for other taxpayers”. Kevin Auch, chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission disagrees and the Commission has already had a meeting with Revenue Canada and is making a submission to Ottawa by May 24th. With over 80% of Alberta farmers participating in the current system, the elimination would have negative repercussions. Kevin Auch explains, “Deferring a portion of our income from grain sales in a good year is just a tool we can use. It’s not like tax evasion — we can only do it for one year. But it just allows us to level things out a little bit.” Kevin further states the system allows farmers to maximize crop revenue and provides for product availability when time sensitive sales opportunities occur; opportunities that are good…

Electrical Safety Checkup

May is Electrical Safety Month. A healthy electrical system is a key component of a fire-safe farm or acreage and Electrical Safety Month could be just the incentive you need to give your home and outbuildings a thorough electrical checkup. Electrical outlets should hold a plug snugly and should not overheat.  An outlet that is discolored, warm to the touch, smells scorched or gives you a mild shock is in need of repair or replacement. Any of these symptoms may also indicate that some circuits are overloaded and it’s time for an upgrade to your system. Power strips are useful in adding space to an outlet. Keep in mind that power strips only increase plug-in space and have no effect on the available voltage. Heavy reliance on power strips is an indication that you may need more outlets or more circuits, or that you should redistribute your electrical use. Stay safe while using extension cords by choosing outdoor cords for outdoor use, and by keeping them up off the ground. A cord on…

Growing Forward Update

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is in its last year and industry and governments are now preparing for the Next Agricultural Policy Framework (NFP), a five-year federal-provincial-territorial agreement that will be in place April 2018. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is asking for input on the next agricultural policy framework via an online survey that is open from March 30 to May 8. The survey will help ensure the framework meets the needs and priorities of Alberta’s industry and consumer public by offering every Albertan the opportunity to make suggestions for priorities in the NPF. Those key priorities are: Markets and Trade Science Research and Innovation Risk Management Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Value-added Agriculture and Agri-food Processing Public Trust Take the survey Since its implementation in 2013 GF2 programs have been available for Albertans in the agriculture and agri-food sector. There have been a large variety of projects across all areas of Alberta implemented…