News releases

MiEnergy Cooperative members give $3,000 in local donations

Cresco, IA | Rushford, MN  (11 a.m. April 17, 2017)— MiEnergy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met recently and elected to donate $3,000 to the following local organizations:

$1,000, Monster Bash, Harmony, Minn.., to help renovate restrooms for handicap accessibility.

$500, Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, Minn., to support the Student Matinee Series that offers discounts to area high schools for educational opportunities outside of the classroom.

Scammer calls member of local electric co-op demanding payment or disconnection

Cresco, IA | Rushford, MN  (11 a.m. April 12, 2017)— MiEnergy Cooperative has been notified of phone scam. A member contacted the cooperative this morning after receiving a call from a person posing as an employee from Tri-County Electric Cooperative. The caller told them immediate payment was needed to avoid disconnection. The cooperative reminds members to not provide a credit card number or other personal information over the phone without verifying the call.

MiEnergy Cooperative announces Youth Tour winners

Cresco, IA | Rushford, MN  (8 a.m. April 12, 2017)— Barbara Schwickerath, a junior at New Hampton High School, and Noah Carlson, a junior at Houston High School, each won an educational-filled week of adventure in Washington D.C. as MiEnergy Cooperative’s Youth Tour Contest winners. Both will be among a group of 1,600 students sponsored by electric cooperatives from across the country to take part in the Rural Electric Youth Tour June 9-15.

MiEnergy Cooperative’s Brad Pecinovsky becomes Certified Loss Control Professional

Cresco, IA | Rushford, MN  (8 a.m. Jan. 26, 2017)— MiEnergy Cooperative’s Compliance and Training Coordinator Brad Pecinovsky, of Cresco, has completed an intensive program in electric utility safety and loss control to become a Certified Loss Control Professional. The certification program is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in conjunction with the National Utility Training and Safety Education Association. The program is designed to instruct participants in many areas related to electric utility industry safety.

Electric cooperatives discuss important issues at reception

Cresco, IA | Rushford, MN  (8:30 a.m. Jan. 13, 2017)— Over 150 directors, managers and staff members from Iowa’s electric cooperatives discussed priorities with 100 state legislators on January 10 during the annual Welcome Back Legislative Reception at the State Historical Building in downtown Des Moines. Other guests of honor included: Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Secretary of State Paul Pate, Iowa Utilities Board Member Nick Wagner and Iowa Department of Economic Development Director Debi Durham.

Schedule your payment with SmartHub

MiEnergy members have more flexibility when making online payments. SmartHub launched the Schedule Payments feature last year. It allows members to schedule one or more payments in advance on their billing account. Choosing the date to have a payment made has been a frequently asked question. Members who log into SmartHub have three choices when paying a bill online: pay it today, pay it on the due date or select any date prior to the due date. Members can even plan ahead and choose a specific dollar amount to be applied to the account up to 90 days in advance of a due date.

Merger joins two cooperatives

Rushford, MN (9 a.m. December 8, 2016)— Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC), of Rushford, Minn., will officially merge with Hawkeye REC, of Cresco, Iowa, to become MiEnergy Cooperative on January 1, 2017.

The new name and its spelling reference the joining of a Minnesota (M) cooperative and an Iowa (i) cooperative. The name, pronounced with a long I, also demonstrates the ownership by individual members – MiEnergy is “my energy cooperative”.