Union Power Cooperative Selects Union County Students As 2017 Youth Tourists

Union Power congratulates Emily Eget, Jonas Nielson and Anusha Tummallapalli, who have been chosen to represent Union Power on the 2017 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, held June 10-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Emily, a Junior at Porter Ridge High, is the daughter of Ronald and Theresa Eget. Jonas, a Sophomore at Piedmont High, is the son of Kasper and Wendy Nielsen. Anusha, a Junior at Marvin Ridge, is the daughter of Praveen and Harini Tummallapalli. These delegates will join hundreds of other high school students from across the country on an all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital.

The nation’s electric cooperatives have sponsored Youth Tour since 1964. This annual event is coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives. While in our nation’s capital, students have the opportunity to meet with congressional representatives, and visit government agencies and historical sites as they learn more about government and cooperatives.

The Union Power Youth Tourists are excited about this once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. Anusha shares, “I want to go on the Youth Tour because I am passionate about the environmental issues regarding sustainable energy.” Jonas says, “I have been interested in the history of the United States since I was a child”.

Learn more about Youth Tour at union-power.com/youthtour. Follow NC Youth Tour on social media to keep up with the latest, especially during Youth Tour week: @NCYouthTour on Facebook.

Union Power Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative, which provides electric service to more than 73,000 member accounts in Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Rowan counties.

 

 

 

National Lineman Appreciation Day

Line workers are first responders in our community, working in all sorts of inclement weather and at all hours of the day and night. While we look to these brave men and women as heroes each day, we are honored to pay them special tribute today.

First recognized by U.S. Senate Resolution 95, in April, 2013, and with April 18, 2017 designated by House Resolution 10, as National Lineman Appreciation Day, Union Power Cooperative is thankful for our extraordinary line workers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our extraordinary line workers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities “says Greg Andress, the Cooperative’s general manager and executive vice president. “Forty-nine line workers maintain 5,942 miles of line in Union Power’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark.”

Union Power invites members to take a moment and thank a lineman for the job they do. Visit Union Power on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use #ThankALineman to show your support for these workers who light our home and communities.

Union Power Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative, which provides electric service to more than 73,000 member accounts in Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Rowan counties.

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Earth Day: We All Play a Part

Did you know that Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22? It is a day when communities come together to create a greener, more sustainable future. It is observed by Union Power and other electric cooperatives, businesses and citizens worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Union Power takes pride in its year-round conservation efforts, and this Earth Day we’d like to highlight some of the steps we’ve taken to help not only our members, but also our planet.

Using renewable energy is an important part of keeping our planet healthy. That’s why Union Power has partnered with NC GreenPower. We offer our members the ability to purchase blocks of renewable energy at a flat rate through NC GreenPower for as little as $4 a month. This tax-deductible donation on your electric bill allows you to add green energy to the power grid, keep carbon dioxide out of the air, reduce fossil fuels and offset about 10 percent of your home’s energy use. It is a simple and easy way for members to choose “greener” energy solutions. For more information, please visit union-power.com/nc-greenpower.

Union Power is one of 22 North Carolina electric cooperatives that formed the not-for-profit company GreenCo Solutions, Inc. to assist in the creation of energy efficiency programs and the development of renewable energy sources. We are constantly and collectively finding ways to ensure a cleaner, greener North Carolina for all of us. Check it out at www.greencosolutions.net.

Union Power will also assist residential and commercial members who have an interest in implementing solar and wind energy resources and have chosen to install a renewable energy generator, with the intent of selling excess power back to the Cooperative. To learn about requirements and interconnection standards, please visit union-power.com/solar-wind-interconnection. Union Power will even purchase the power you generate through your qualifying renewable generation (such as wind or solar) that is interconnected directly to the electric grid of the Cooperative.

Union Power also offers energy efficiency tips, articles and guidelines on our website, as well as in this monthly newsletter. We believe in giving our members everyday tips they can implement to not only save on their electric bill, but also to conserve energy as a whole. Check out two of our best resources, the Home Energy Savings Guide and 101 Ways to Save Energy and Money at union-power.com/energy-efficiency-programs/. Reading these two brochures will not only greatly benefit your wallet, but will also benefit the environment as well.

We sincerely thank all of our members for helping us with the important task of being environmentally friendly, and for caring about the environment.

 

Call Before You Dig

Play it Safe When Planting This Spring

Springtime is the perfect time to tackle your outdoor improvement plans you’ve been dreaming about all winter. But if your planned projects include digging, like planting a tree or digging near underground transformers, Union Power urges you to call the NC One Call Center by dialing 811 so you can get the job done safely. Underground utilities, such as buried gas, water and electric lines, can be a shovel thrust away from turning a landscaping masterpiece into a disaster.

To find out where utility lines run on your property, dial a few days prior to digging. Tell the NC One Call Center operator where you’re planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing, and affected local utilities will be notified. In a few days, a locator will arrive to designate the approximate location of any underground lines, pipes and cables with flags or marking paint so you’ll know what’s below. Then the safe digging can begin.

Although light gardening typically doesn’t call for deep digging, other seemingly simple tasks like planting shrubs, planting a tree or installing a new mailbox post can damage utility lines. A severed line can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm diggers and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

Never assume the location or depth of underground utility lines. There’s no need: the 811 service is free, prevents the inconvenience of having utilities interrupted and can help you avoid serious injury.

For more information, please visit union-power.com/underground.

National Lineman Appreciation Day~ April 18, 2017

During the month of April, Union Power and cooperatives nationwide will observe National Lineman Appreciation Day, a time in which we celebrate the hardworking men and women who keep the lights on. Linemen are first responders in our community, working in all sorts of inclement weather and at all hours of the day and night.

Electricity is delivered along a series of connected wires and poles, and when that connection is interrupted by something like a falling tree branch, an animal or faulty equipment, it takes knowledge, skill and muscle to rebuild. Our crews are always ready. In the middle of the night, on holidays, and in snow, ice, floods and extreme heat, they are dedicated to restoring power to members, no matter the conditions. Often, our line workers find themselves in dangerous and challenging situations, sacrificially giving time away from their own families so they can serve yours.

Linemen are required to perform detailed tasks while working 40 feet in the air, near dangerous amounts of high current. These brave men and women repair damaged lines and maintain critical infrastructure for our communities. Without their hard work and commitment to the job, our co-op would not thrive. No matter the time––day or night, weekday or weekend––if the lights go out, so do they.

In addition to aiding members in our local service territory, line workers are always willing and eager to volunteer when a neighboring community, county or state is in need after a major outage occurs.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our extraordinary line workers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Forty-nine line workers maintain 5,942 miles of line in Union Power’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark.

On National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18, 2017, take a moment to show your gratitude to the dedicated crews who build, maintain and repair the electric system that powers our lives. On social media, use the hashtag #ThankaLineman!

It takes a unique person to do the work of a lineman, and at Union Power, we see them as true heroes.