What does a “peak” cost?

During “peak” times, electricity costs more. These peak times occur between 2pm to 6pm on the extreme hottest days.

     If you can lower your family’s electric use during peak hours, you can help keep our electric rates stable. We have not changed our distribution rates since August 2010, partly because of our peak load management.

     Please try to shift your use of electricity to earlier or later in the day during hot days (and the coldest winter days). And make sure to turn off things that are not in use or not necessary.

     Don’t do this every day…only during the extreme temperature days.

     How much does this help? Below is a list of some household items and how much it costs the cooperative when you have just one of these items on during a peak hour. This is a cost we have to continue to pay every month on our wholesale power bill – month after month – even long after the month you used the item during the peak hour.

                                                Monthly Cost

     Item                                   to Co-op

100 watt light bulb                 68¢

27 watt efficient light bulb    18¢

T.V.                                         $1.35

Computer, printer, etc                        $2.03

Dishwasher                             $8.11

Swimming pool pump                        $13.52

Air conditioner                       $27.04

Clothes dryer                          $33.80

Electric oven                          $67.60

Members re-elect two trustees at annual meeting

More than 700 members and guests attended the 80th Midwest Electric Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 3, at St. Marys Memorial High School. The results of the trustee elections, which had been conducted by mail and online prior to the meeting, were announced.  Incumbents Randy Heinl and Larry Vandemark were re-elected to three-year terms on…Continue Reading

Midwest members donate $16,885 to area charities

Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $16,885 to 20 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Community Connection Fund. Since the program started in 1998, the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has provided $959,683 to 798 area projects. The latest recipients are: • Buckland Fire Department, $2,500 to replace air pack bottles. •…Continue Reading

Midwest awards $11,000 in local scholarships

Wapakoneta High School’s Cassidy Hughes and Coldwater High School’s Caleb Luthman captured top honors in the 2017 Midwest Electric scholarship competition, featuring judges from Wright State University-Lake Campus and Midwest Electric. The two seniors each received a $2,000 scholarship and will represent Midwest Electric in the Ohio Electric Cooperatives statewide scholarship competition in Columbus. Second…Continue Reading

Midwest members donate $11,165 to area charities

Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $11,165 to 13 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Community Connection Fund. Since the program started in 1998, the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has provided $942,798 to 778 area projects. The latest recipients are: • OSU Extension, Allen County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, $2,275 to…Continue Reading

The Unbeatable Value of Electricity

There is no greater value than electricity. The problem is, we all take it for granted. But consider what you can do with just $1 of electricity from Midwest Electric: • listen to a stereo for 50 hours • watch TV for 38 hours • play video games for 125 hours • work on a…Continue Reading

Midwest Electric sets $11.8 million work plan

The Midwest Electric board of trustees has approved a four-year $11.8 million work plan to further improve power reliability. Projects include overhead line rebuilds, underground line replacement in six area subdivisions, substation upgrades, and a new distribution automation system to significantly reduce outages by remotely transferring load between substations. The average Midwest Electric member already…Continue Reading

Scholarships through Midwest Electric and Ohio’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives

West Central Ohio high school seniors could be eligible for college scholarships from Midwest Electric and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives (OEC). Midwest Electric has two scholarship programs – a general scholarship for students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5; and the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship for students with at least a 2.75 GPA who…Continue Reading

Midwest to pay $1.4 million in patronage this month

Midwest Electric this month is distributing $1,385,920 in patronage capital payments to 7,297 current and former members. Eligible electric cooperative members will receive the refund either as a credit on their electric bill, mailed around November 21, or as a separate check in December. Patronage capital is the cooperative’s margins, or money left after all…Continue Reading

New office hours start Jan. 3

Our office hours are changing to 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, effective Tuesday, Jan. 3. This change was studied for months with the goal to provide a more flexible work environment to help attract and retain a competitive workforce. It will also benefit customer service. Our three Call Center employees currently have…Continue Reading