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Member Appreciation Day!
Norvado and Bayfield Electric will be celebrating October is Cooperative Month. Together we will be having a member appreciation day located at the Norvado Headquarters at 43705 US Highway 63 in Cable, WI. The event will occur on Friday October 18, 2019 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will also be a blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross.
BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS!
There has been recent reportings of phone calls from someone stating that they are from Xcel and have a partnership with Bayfield Electric. They are attempting to have our members call a toll free number immediately to avoid interruption of their electric service. Please be aware that you will always receive advance notice of disconnection in writing prior to your service being disconnected. Be suspicious if the person calling is insistent that a payment be made immediately. If some thing doesn't feel right, end the call. Contact BEC directly to confirm your account status, or use our online tool, SmartHub to check your bill right away.
Bayfield County was recognized as the first Telecommuter Forward! Community in the state of Wisconsin thanks to Norvado. See the official press release and more information at http://norvado.com/telecommuter/.
Wisconsin Electric Coops Help Florida Rebuild
To see a video that details the Wisconsin electric co-op's response to Hurricane Irma, click the link below.
To read about how linemen have stepped up to help Florida recover from Hurricane Irma, click the link below.
Bayfield Electric sent two linemen, Nat Madison and Dustin McKay, to help with the destruction in Florida
Bayfield Electric employees and board members pose for a picture in front of the completed Solar Garden
In October 2016, we celebrated our up and running 300KW Solar Garden! Special thanks to BEC members and our contractors; Ten-K Solar, Solarized, Zinniel Electric, and Santikko Logging, INC. The solar garden would not have been possible without all of your help! There are still a few shares available, please contact Larry at (715)-372-4287 for more details, or see our "Solar/Load Management" tab for more information.
RUS ELECTRIC SUCCESS STORY
Bayfield Electric Cooperative has started a program teaching the area students what Cooperatives are all about.
We partnered with two local cooperatives, Midland Energy and Norvado to reach out the 5th grade students at the Mellen Elementary school. Bob Kretzschmar, Bayfield Electric’s Board President, Midland and Norvado, met with the Mellen 5th grade class. Each Cooperative spoke to the class, teaching the class what a cooperative was, why they exist, the benefits of being a member and the cooperative principles. The students also learned about the challenges faced by rural areas and the benefits of working together. The class then broke into smaller teams and developed 30 second radio advertisements on the benefits of your local cooperatives, which were then played on a local radio station.
Bayfield Electric also partnered with Midland, Iron County Community Credit Union, and Northwoods Community Credit Union, in putting together a similar program at the Hurley Elementary 5th grade. Bayfield Electric’s board of director Ken Clement helped to implement the program at the Hurley Elementary school.
We are hoping to expand the program even further this fall so please reach out to us at Bayfield Electric if you have any questions or interest in developing a similar program at your school.