News and Events
Summer Time of Use Hours Change
May 13, 2013
Riverland Energy’s Time-of-Use (TOU) rate is based on the time of day you use electricity and our cost of supplying electricity to you during that time. If you use electricity when the total used by Riverland Energy members is low (off-peak) your rate will be lower than the standard rate. On-peak hours or electricity used during periods of high demand will cost more than the standard rate. TOU billing is available for those who can lower their usage during on-peak demand time. The on-peak period are weekdays June 1 through September 30 beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m., excluding Independence Day and Labor Day. For usage months October through May, the peak period is weekday hours 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Memorial Day. All other hours shall be considered the off-peak period.
Our current TOU rate:
- Service Charge: $1.12 per day
- Energy Charge:
- On-peak .3715 cents per kWh
- Off-peak .0726 cents per kWh
This rate is optional and will not work for every member’s lifestyle. If you would like more information, give us a call, 800-411-9115.
Refund on Bills
May 7, 2013
May 1, 2013
At the April board meeting, the directors received the final information on the Cost of Service Study (COS). The restults indicated the need for an increase in the facility charge of 12 cents per day from $1.00 a day to $1.12 per day. It also indicated the need for an energy charge decrease of nearly one cent per kWh. The decrease is being provided through the power cost adustment charge, and it will be reflected as a decrease on the bill that you receive in June. The net result of the changes will be a reduction of approximately $4.00 per month for a member using 1,000 kWh's or about a 2.8% reduction.
Recycle Drive Coming in May
April 9, 2013
Riverland Energy will host its Fourth Annual Appliance and Recycle Drive May 7 - 9. Members are invited to drop off computers, appliances, and electronics from 8 am. - 2 p.m. at each of our offices on the following dates:
Tuesday, May 7: Arcadia (N28988 State Road 93)
Wednesday, May 8: Alma (1225 S. Main St.)
Thursday, May 9: Onalaska (1472 State Road 35)
Download the flyer for the list of items accepted and prices: Recycle Drive Flyer
Director election results: April 6, 2013
April 8, 2013
Director election results from the annual meeting on Saturday, April 6 include:
- District 3: David Ernst
- District 4: Robert Lunde (Incumbent)
- District 8: David Paudler(Incumbent)
2013 Scholarship Winners Announced
April 8, 2013
The 2013 scholarship recipients were selected in a random drawing at Riverland Energy's Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 6. Those chosen include:
Eleva-Strum Central High School
G-E-T High School
2013 Rebate Forms Available
January 28, 2013
Purchase energy efficency lighting and appliances, water heaters, etc. and you may qualify for a rebate. Visit our rebates page for qualifications and forms.
Class of 2013: $1,000 scholarship applications are available!
January 3, 2013
Riverland Energy to award $15,000 in scholarships to Class of 2013. Click here for more information and forms.
Heating Assistance is Available
December 28, 2012
Your household may be eligible for Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, based on household income and size. To apply, contact your county’s Department of Human Services. The program helps prevent the disconnection of electric service, energy crises and long-term energy cost burdens for eligible families.
Trempealeau County................ 715-538-2311
Buffalo County....... 608-685-4412
La Crosse County............ 608-785-6001
Pepin County.......... 715-672-8941
Jackson County....... 715-284-4301
Rebate Deadline is January 10, 2013
December 1, 2012
The co-op provides rebates for appliances, lighting, water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners, and more. Rebates are available for appliances, Eligibility requirements and limits apply. Deadline for rebates is January 10, 2013. For more information and forms, click here.
Opportunity for High School Juniors
November 6, 2012
Applications are now available for our youth abmassador program. See more about the progrm and download an applicaiton here.
LED Holiday Lighting Rebates
November 5, 2012
Purchasing LED holiday lights this year?
Riverland Energy members can receive rebates for LED holiday lights and CFL bulbs through the end of 2012. Get a rebate credit of $2 for each
LED light string or decor item (limit 12), and up to $1 for each CFL bulb. Rebate forms and receipts are due by January 10, 2013, and must be purchased by December 31, 2012. Rebate forms can be found here.
Member Appreciation Day Open House is Oct. 10
September 18, 2012
Riverland Energy will host an open house Wednesday, October 10 to show appreciation for its members and recognize National Co-op Month.
Riverland Energy members are invited to the co-op office in Alma at 1225 S. Main St for a free beef or pork sandwich lunch, door prize drawings, and to learn about the co-ops rebates and programs. All members in attendance will have a chance to win electric bill credits, including one grand prize of a $75 credit. Doors open at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch will be served 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Festivities will take place in the garage, where members can view energy displays, sign up for new programs, and learn about rebates, energy audits, renewable energy, and other co-op programs. Riverland Communications, Inc. staff will be on hand to answer questions on EXEDE and broadband Internet. In addition, Buffalo County Health Department will be doing complimentary blood pressure checks, displaying health and wellness information, and providing water sample test kits.
We hope to see you there!
Stay Safe on the Farm this Harves Season
September 16, 2012
During harvest season, days on the farm can get long and hectic. Farming is not only hard work, but it can also be dangerous. Please look over work areas carefully for overhead power lines and utility poles. It’s vital to keep equipment safety away from them, a minimum 10 foot safety radius around the electric line.
Farm operators, family members, and farm employees are urged to take these measures:
- Use a spotter when moving tall loads near lines.
- Inspect farm equipment for transport height and determine clearance with any power lines under which the equipment must pass.
- Make sure everyone knows what to do if accidental contact is made with power lines.
Help Control Summer Energy Costs
July 23, 2012
Do the summper shift and reduce your energy usage from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays to lower power demand and costs for co-op membership.
Did you know it costs less to produce electricity for your use during certain hours of the day and days of the week? It’s true! Because consumers use less power on weekends, holidays and overnight, it is less costly to produce adequate power during those hours because our providers can select from the least costly production methods.
During the highest electricity use times of day, our power providers must use all varieties of production available to them, and so the overall cost of production goes up. Throughout the summer months of June, July and August, our region’s power costs are highest on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Our energy provider, Dairyland Power Cooperative, is changing our rate structure in an effort to reduce overall consumption during high energy use times (the highest cost times). Going forward, Riverland Energy's energy costs will vary based on times identified as higher and lower power use times within our regional power market. Key to this change is to keep our members informed and our power affordable.
Do the summer shift to help control costs. It’s easy! The kids can help:
• Shift energy use outside the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
• Delay the dishwasher
• Turn up the thermostat.
• Shift the start of the laundry.
• Be conscientious of energy consumption when using computers, televisions and game systems during the peak time hours.
• Take advantage of natural light in offices and homes.
As owner-members of Riverland Energy Cooperative, you have proven your ability to help control our costs for the membership. We’re confident that your combined efforts to reduce use between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays for the summer will make a difference.
Thank you for your help with this important effort. Do the summer shift – Together We Save!
Scam Alert: Beware of Utility Payment Scam
July 19, 2012
Riverland Energy Cooperative is warning consumers of a bill payment scam involving requests for personal information and mentions of a federal program that provides funds for utility payments.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a nationwide warning about this scam, indicating that consumers have been contacted through telephone calls, fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. To receive the money, scammers claim they need the consumer’s social security and bank routing numbers. In return, customers are given a fraudulent bank routing number to pay their utility bills through the automated telephone payment service. The payment service initially accepts the payment, but then declines it within a few days when the bank account number is discovered to be fake.
The BBB has these tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
- Never provide your social security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone who calls you, regardless of whom they claim to represent.
- If you receive a call claiming to be your utility company and feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill. Riverland Energy Cooperative members can call 800-411-9115.
- Never allow anyone into your home to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an appointment or have reported a utility problem. Also, ask utility employees for proper identification.
- Always think safety first. Do not give in to high pressure tactics for information, either over the phone or in person.