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Manager’s Message — June 2020

Dear Members:

As wildfire season rapidly approaches, we all need to be prepared. Learn how to protect your home and family at the Ready for Wildfire website. Part of being prepared includes being ready for public safety power shutoffs. PG&E plans to turn off portions of its grid during extreme fire danger, high wind events, and other critical situations. PG&E has notified us if it intends to disconnect lines in medium- to high-risk areas in the Sierras. This could affect our primary power supply that comes through the Feather River Canyon.

The outages that happened at around 10 p.m. on April 28 and 29, and May 5 and 6, were due to PG&E work for fire mitigation upgrades on their system. Unfortunately, they did not give us enough notice to publish information in Ruralite, but we were able to put notices on our website and social media feeds, and send email and text notifications through the SmartHub app.

When PG&E notifies us it intends to shut off our transmission feed, we will provide as much notice as possible to members. PSREC will post information to our website, Facebook and Twitter, our SmartHub app, and via email and text message. To sign up for text message and email notifications, login to the SmartHub app from your mobile device or from our website, and set your notification preferences. If you need assistance, please contact us at (800) 555-2207.

During PG&E shutoff events, we will switch to our backup transmission feed from NV Energy. There is a limit to how much energy we can bring through that line, so members need to be prepared for outages and rolling blackouts. During a power outage, please disconnect all nonessential electrical loads. Every light and appliance turned off will help PSREC re-energize more of our system. If our power transmission system is constrained, conservation helps keep our electrical system stable and enables us to serve you and your neighbors.

Preparing for power outages can help make the best of a bad situation. Equip your home with a power outage kit that includes a flashlight, battery-powered lamp or lantern, and extra batteries; candles and matches; a battery-powered radio with extra batteries; easily accessible emergency phone numbers for your utility, doctor, fire, and police; a telephone connected directly to the phone jack (cordless phones need electricity to operate); a one-week supply of drinking water and non-perishable food; and a cooler for storing frequently used foods. Food spoils more quickly if the refrigerator door is opened. Keep these items on hand to make an outage more tolerable: a manual can opener; an alternative cooking source; and a deck of cards, board games, and books.

If someone in your home depends on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, make a plan for backup power.

If you are going to install a generator and connect to your home’s electrical system, please make sure it is done to code using an automated system such as a Generac switch, or a manual double-pull double-throw switch that separates your house from the grid. Failure to do so could cause injury or fire, leading to potentially massive liability on your part and disconnection from the grid, if discovered. For more information on a double-pull double-throw switch, please talk to a licensed electrician.

Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, or charcoal-burning device inside a home or garage. Locate the unit away from doors, windows, and vents to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide.

Please install surge protectors on any sensitive electronics and appliances. Be sure to buy surge protectors that have a warranty for your connected load.

COVID-19

At Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative and Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications, the health and safety of our members and employees is a priority. We remain committed to meeting the needs of our members, local businesses, and communities. We continue to provide power and internet services to our members. If outages occur, our crews are ready to respond.

To continue to limit person-to-person contact and encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, our lobby will remain closed at least through June 30. While PSREC and PST’s lobby is closed, you can use fee-free options available on our websites, Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative, and Plumas Sierra Telecommunications, through the SmartHub app, or by calling our office at (530) 832-4261 to pay your electric or internet bills or manage your account.

If you have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact our billing department at (530) 832-4261 or email as soon as possible to make arrangements for paying your bills. Our website also has a list of assistance resources available.

Telecommunications

PST has submitted applications to the California Public Utilities Commission’s California Advanced Services Fund for grants to fund the expansion of broadband in many of the hardest-to-reach areas of our service territory. We will find out about funding for those grants at the end of the year. We are continuing the expansion of our system in easier-to-reach areas in real time.

PST’s coax and wireless broadband services offer download speeds of up to 20 Mbps. Our fiber optic services can go up to 1 gigabyte per second, with even faster speeds available, if needed. With these speeds, you can stream videos on multiple devices at the same time without slowing down. You could even eliminate your cable bill with streaming services. For more information and to sign up for service, call us at (800) 221-3474 or visit Plumas Sierra Telecommunications.

At PST, we are taking a number of steps to limit the opportunity for exposure to illness for our customers and employees. This means we had to limit where we install service. We can safely install internet services in an attached garage under certain circumstances. We are examining ways to be able to install service in homes again; hopefully, with expanded testing, in the future we can safely install services in more homes.

We are placing customers who we cannot install right now on a list to schedule installation at a later date. Installation criteria can be found on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (800) 555-2207 ext. 6076 or email me.

Sincerely,

Bob Marshall
General Manager

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Manager’s Message — May 2020

Dear Members:

I hope all of you and your family members are safe and getting through these unprecedented times as best as possible, given the circumstances. The pandemic has forced many changes on all of us, and it has had a huge impact on the economic vitality of our region.

Our lobby is still closed to the public and we suspect it will stay closed through the month of June. Having said that, you can still easily reach us by phone or on our website.

We are still keeping the lights on and expanding our fiber-optic broadband internet service. I will mention more about that a bit later, but I wanted to make a few suggestions that will help get our community through these tough times.

Please Give Big Tips for To-Go Orders

Restaurants in our region are hanging on by their fingernails. Everyone I have seen is taking precautions and working hard to make sure your food is safe. In these times, the lack of table service and beverage sales is extremely difficult for them. Generous tips now will help the local restaurants we all love keep their employees and stay open through these tough times.

Now is the Time to Donate Locally

Unemployment is sky high in our region; we all know people who have been laid off or had to close their business. People are struggling with paying the rent, utility bills and buying food.

Many of our second-home owners came up to our region to wait out all this.

That is great, especially if you are keeping the restaurants busy and tipping generously, but please remember many of the full-time residents of our region are in dire straits.

Here are some of the better-known entities offering assistance and taking donations — there are more listed at the end of my column:

The nonprofit sector of our region is also hurting, from arts programs to land trusts to animal rescue. We don’t have space to list them all, but if you are in a position to donate, please consider it.

PST Internet Hot Spots Available

Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications is on a rapid expansion path through our region. With our own funds, and grant funds from the California Public Utility Commission, we have been building as fast as we can and are continuing that effort.

For safety reasons, we cannot install service inside living quarters of homes.

As I write this, we are still installing in some garages and commercial buildings, if there is appropriate access and safe conditions.

We hope to get back to normal installations this year, but we just don’t know what the future holds at this point.

We are also increasing the hot spots where people can obtain free PST broadband internet access, as many people are trying to work from home, upload schoolwork, take classes and hang on to some semblance of normalcy.

Visit the Hotspots page on the PST website.

In a few areas, we have placed outdoor wireless access points to increase coverage and encourage proper social distancing by being able to work in your car.

If You Are Struggling

Our staff is working with everyone struggling to pay their bills. Please talk with us to make payment arrangements. We are working hard with our own lenders to get maximum flexibility for our electric members and telecommunications customers.

As always, we are here for you, our member-owners. Please contact us at (530) 832-4261 with any questions.

Sincerely,

Bob Marshall
General Manager

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Manager’s Message — April 2020

Dear Members:

Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 13. Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative’s lineworkers are responsible for keeping power flowing day and night, regardless of national holidays, vacations, birthdays, weddings or other important family milestones.

Beyond the years of specialized training and apprenticeships, it takes internal fortitude and a mission-oriented outlook to be a good lineworker.

In PSREC service territory and across the country, electric co-op lineworkers’ mentality of helping others often extends beyond their commitment to their work at the co-op.

Lineworkers are often familiar figures in the community. They can be found coaching youth sports teams, volunteering for local charities and serving on local advisory boards.

Monday, April 13, is Lineworker Appreciation Day. Given the dedication of PSREC’s lineworkers, both on and off the job, I encourage you to take a moment and acknowledge the many contributions they make to our local community.

Communications

Have you visited PSREC and PST’s Facebook pages lately? If you are curious and want the most up-to-date information about your cooperative and its subsidiary, please find
us on Facebook under Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative and Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications. Please also take a moment to review us on Google, Yelp and Facebook.

We post systemwide power outage notifications and other useful information, such as updates and tips. If you are not on Facebook, no worries! Check out www.psrec.coop and www.pst.coop to stay informed. You can also receive outage information via text message.

To sign up for text notifications, login to the SmartHub app from your mobile device, or from www.psrec.coop and set your notification preferences.

With the SmartHub app, available for Apple and Android devices, you can pay your bill, view your energy-use history, report outages, view outage information and contact us from the convenience of your smartphone, tablet or other devices.

Telecommunications

Service is now available in new regions! We are able to connect fiber optic to customers in Sierraville, Sattley, Calpine, Chandler Road and some of its side roads, as well as the main part of Quincy south of Highway 70. Speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second are available to residential and business customers.

In addition, our electric and telecommunications businesses are working together to expand our electric system data control, meaning our telecommunications business is able to sell the surplus capacity on this system to our member-owners.

We have received grants in some parts of our region as well, allowing for further fiber-optic expansion. If you are looking for service, or are wondering if you should make a long- term commitment with another provider, please check with us first. We hear again and again that if people knew that our services were about to arrive, they wouldn’t have signed up for a long- term contract.

Areas we are working on connecting later in the year include Plumas-Eureka Estates, Johnsville, Lake Davis, Grizzly Road and Wingfield Road.

PST’s fiber-optic services offer speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second, and our coax and wireless broadband services offer download speeds of up to 20 megabytes per second. With these speeds, you can stream videos on multiple devices at the same time without slowing down. You could even eliminate your TV bill with streaming services.

We continue to expand broadband coverage throughout the region, so if you haven’t already, get on our interest list or sign up for service by calling us at 800- 221-3474 or visiting www.pst.coop.

COVID-19

We would like to encourage our membership to try to conduct as much business as possible with us via email and phone until we know more about the impact of the virus.

Please check our website to see if our office is open for face-to-face transactions. As we go to print with this issue of Ruralite, it is difficult to predict what the impact of the virus will be in early April, so please review the website and our Facebook page for the latest information.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call me at (800) 555-2207 ext. 6076, or email me at bmarshall@psrec.coop.

Sincerely,

Bob Marshall
General Manager

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Manager’s Message — March 2020

Dear Members:

At Plumas-Sierra REC, we strive to improve our operational efficiency so we can provide the most reliable electric service possible for our members.

We rely on data for nearly every aspect of our operations, which is why we need your help. By making sure we have your most accurate and complete contact information, we can continue to provide the high level of service you expect and deserve. Accurate information enables us to improve customer service and enhance communications for reporting and repairing outages.

While we always do our best to maintain service, we occasionally plan outages to update, repair or replace equipment. In these instances, we can provide advance notification to affected members through automated phone messages, text messages or email, if we have your updated contact information and communication preferences.

Many of you have been members of the co-op for years, and it’s likely your account information hasn’t been updated for some time. We recognize that many members now use a cellphone as their primary phone service, and we might not have that number in our system.

I want to emphasize that in providing your contact information to the co-op, we will never share this information with any third parties. It is only used by PSREC to send important information to you.

Please take a moment to confirm or update your contact information by signing into your account through the SmartHub app or by calling us at 1(800) 555-2207. By doing so, you will help us improve service and efficiency so we can better serve you and all members of the co-op.

Telecommunications

Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications has completed construction of its fiber optic network on Chandler Road, American Way and Hillside, as well as to Sierraville and Sattley. Parts of Calpine will be open for scheduling for new services in the near future, so please sign up now.

This fiber optic expansion provides broadband services with download speeds up to 1 Gbps and unlimited data use.

If you aren’t already on our interest list, please visit the PST website or call 1(800) 221-3474 to sign up for service.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call me at 1(800) 555-2207 ext. 6076, or email me at bmarshall@psrec.coop.

Sincerely,
Bob Marshall
General Manager

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Manager’s Message — February 2020

Dear Members:

As this gets to you in the heart of winter, there is still the possibility for major storms. A key way for all of us to get power back in the event of an outage is to conserve power, when possible, during storms. The lower the load on the system, the easier it is to restore power. Should rotating blackouts be required, we will work to provide members time to cook, bathe and do laundry. If everyone keeps their use to a minimum during a rolling blackout, we can supply more members with power. When we were on limited supplies for three straight weeks due to the Camp Fire, we were able to keep the lights on to virtually all of our members because many of you reduced your use.

PSREC has a new system for outage notifications. It lets us get more granular with outages, getting down to neighborhoods, instead of just broad regions. These notifications are provided via email and text messages. To sign up for these notices, sign into SmartHub at www.psrec.coop, and visit the Manage Notifications section to select the alerts you would like to receive. If you need assistance, please give us a call at (530)832-4261.

Community Solar

The PSREC Community Solar Program is still offering 100-kilowatt-hours-a-month blocks to members who want to use solar. PSREC offers members the choice of a monthly adder to their existing rate or a one-time upfront fee to participate in the Community Solar Program.

Buying solar power from PSREC’s Community Solar Program is a great option for members who may not want to make the large upfront investment in a solar system, are renting, or live in an area with shading where a solar system would not produce optimal energy output. Community solar is a great, maintenance-free way to use renewable power without solar panels on your roof. We are working on a short-term payment plan that will make it easier to go solar. For more information, or to sign up for the PSREC Community Solar Program, please call us at (530)832-4261 or visit www.psrec.coop.

Telecommunications

It’s been an exciting time for our telecommunications business. We are working to get fiber optics to the premise for both Sierraville and Calpine, and we have also expanded service on Chandler Road and its offshoots. Additional wireless access points are planned in Sierraville and Milford. Upgrades are also being performed in other locations across our system.

We are pleased to report the main part of Quincy south of Highway 70 now has fiber to the home, offering download speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second.

Perhaps the most exciting news is that Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications has received grants from the California Public Utilities Commission’s California Advanced Services Fund to bring service to hard-to-reach areas on our system and in the community. One key area receiving grant funding is Lake Davis.

We have quite a bit of work underway. PST is expanding broadband services throughout the region with unlimited data, net neutrality and download speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second on our fiber-optic network.

For more information, or to sign up for service, please call us at (530) 832-4126 or view services on the PST website.

Scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships are available. See page 5 for details. The deadline is Monday, April 27.

For more information, please call me at (530) 832-4261 ext. 6076, or email me at bmarshall@psrec.coop.

Sincerely,
Bob Marshall
General Manager

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Manager’s Message — January 2020

Dear Members:

Happy New Year! 2019 was a full, productive year for Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative and Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications.

We are pleased to announce we were awarded the five California Advanced Services Fund grants we applied for to bring broadband services to the hardest-to-reach areas of our region. We will begin construction of the projects during the first quarter of 2020.

PSREC continued its increased vegetation management and removal of hazard trees on the system to improve reliability and fire safety. We appreciate the increased cooperation we have had from our members on this key reliability and safety issue. PSREC also continued to improve system reliability and response times through our supervisory control and data acquisition system. State law requires that all property owners allow cooperative staff and contractors to remove hazard trees that meet the state definition.

Be Prepared for Outages

Even though your cooperative has invested in system improvements, removed hazard trees and kept up its ongoing maintenance, outages can and will happen. Being prepared can help make the best of a bad situation. Please visit www.psrec.coop for information on outage preparedness and electrical safety.

PSREC has changed its outage notification system to provide more localized outage information to members. To view the most up-to-date outage information, or report an outage, please log into the PSREC SmartHub app on your Apple or Android device, or log in at www.psrec.coop. As of February 29, we will no longer use the current text messaging system. You will automatically receive email notifications of outages if you have an email address on file with PSREC, but to continue to receive text messages, you must log into SmartHub and activate your mobile number in the new system. Instructions on how to add your mobile number for outage notifications can be found on page 4, at www.psrec.coop, or by calling us. Please report all outages to us, day or night, at 800-555-2207 or through the SmartHub app.

Telecommunications

PST crews are wrapping up work to complete the coax-to-fiber conversion to provide broadband services to Chandler Road and the surrounding area. They have also completed converting a large portion of west Quincy to fiber optics as well. We were delayed on finishing Sierraville and Calpine due to materials delays, but we will be working to complete them as soon as possible.

Please call us at 800-221-3474 or visit www.pst.coop for more information.

Scholarships

PSREC and PST are again offering scholarships to students who receive either electric or internet services from PSREC or PST at their primary residence in Plumas, Sierra, Lassen and Washoe counties. An application can be found on page 28. The deadline is April 27. More information can also be found on our website at www.psrec.coop.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call me at 800-555-2207 ext. 6076, or email me at bmarshall@psrec.coop.

Sincerely,

Bob Marshall
General Manager

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Manager’s Message — December 2019

Dear Members:

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season. If you or your family are decorating for the holidays, please remember to not overload outlets and circuits, and always look up for overhead lines before you install any tall features or exhibits.

Telecommunications News

On Friday, November 1, the California Public Utilities Commission posted draft resolutions to provide funding for the five grant applications that Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications submitted in May. The commission will be voting on these resolutions at their December 5, meeting. We are hopeful that we will be notified shortly after the meeting that PST has authorization to begin construction of the projects that will bring broadband services to some of the hardest-to-reach areas of our region, including Lake Davis, Mohawk Vista, Elysian Valley/Gold Run, Johnsville and Keddie.

Expansion of broadband services in Quincy is going well. We recently opened a new area of West Quincy on fiber optics and are making progress on the Chandler Road fiber construction. You can check availability for your location at www.pst.coop, or by calling 530-832-4261. By the time this reaches you, we also hope to be finishing off the Sierraville-Calpine project, including a new advanced wireless system for southern Sierra Valley and direct fiber optic connections for our members along the route.

PST’s internet services are unlimited, so you don’t have to worry about data caps, and speeds go up to 1 gigabyte per second on our fiber optic service.

To learn more about our services or get on our interest list, please visit www.pst.coop or call us at 530-832-4261.

Eyes and Ears

It’s been a long autumn for many of California’s residents. We have been lucky that no fires have affected our homes like we have seen in California’s Coastal Range. We spend a tremendous amount of time and money grooming our right-of-ways and maintaining our equipment but it is a never-ending job. We have been able to keep the lights on, but we can always use your help. Our members often let us know when there are problems with our system. We have a remote, rural power grid with only six customers per mile of power line. When you let us know that you think there may be an equipment malfunction or that something looks out of place on the line, you help us prevent fires and outages. Thank you, and please continue to call us if you think something isn’t right. We have operators available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year at 800-555-2207.

Capital Credits

One of the ways electric cooperatives are different from investor-owned utilities is each cooperative depends on its members to provide the necessary funding, or equity, for operation. Inspired by the idea that people can pool their resources to get things done—a fact that hasn’t changed since PSREC was formed in 1937 by a group of people who banded together to bring electricity to the countryside—your membership ensures access to reliable resources and services, a cornerstone of economic opportunity.

The mechanism by which members contribute equity is known as capital credits, which are determined at the close of each business year by allocating the net profits of PSREC to each member based upon the amount of electricity they purchased.

Capital credit returns are evaluated annually by PSREC’s board of directors.

The board has determined PSREC will distribute a refund to members in 2019.

Members in good standing will receive capital credit refunds on their December bills, received in January. If less than $50, the refund will appear as a credit on your bill. If your refund is $50 or more, you will be mailed a check in January.

Thank you for your support of PSREC and the common needs of our community!

To learn more about our services, please visit www.psrec.coop.

If you have any questions, please call me at (800) 555-2207 ext. 6076, or email me at bmarshall@psrec.coop.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

Bob Marshall
General Manager

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Manager’s Message – November 2019

Dear Members:

In the middle of October, we received many calls and questions about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs that affected a great deal of the state of California. The two primary questions revolved around why we weren’t affected by the PSPS events and the “real” reasons for the shutoffs.

Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative buys its power from the federal government through the Western Area Power Administration, through jointly owned power projects with the Northern California Power Agency, through its own projects on the system, and through its connection with the Nevada grid.

Our connection to the west is through 60,000-volt sub-transmission lines that come to us through the Feather River Canyon from the Caribou powerhouses run by PG&E. We don’t buy from PG&E, but our normal supply is wheeled to us through their system.

If the Caribou powerhouse is cut off from the main PG&E system, PG&E can carry part of our load as well as their Quincy load.

If the lines from Caribou to Quincy go down, we have the ability to carry most, if not all, of the cooperative’s members by using our own generators, switching our feed to the Nevada grid, and with the cooperation of the three prisons on our system using their generators.

That’s why our members generally enjoy more reliable service than PG&E’s customers to the west of us.

Which brings us to the PSPS. The major utilities in California have all been involved with major fires started in connection with their power grids. Sometimes it has been their fault, and sometimes not.

Due to a court case some time ago, the state’s constitution was interpreted so that all electric utilities are held to a strict liability standard. That means the utility is to blame even if the incident isn’t directly the utility’s fault. For example, if someone cuts a tree that falls into our lines because they didn’t look up first, we can still be held liable.

Sometimes it is the utility’s fault. PG&E has admitted liability for the Camp Fire, but there are other fires associated with the utility grid that have nothing to do with how the utility behaved.

As a response to these fires, the California Public Utilities Commission and the state legislature have passed rules and laws that require utilities to set conditions on when they should de-energize their system to prevent catastrophes like the state experienced in recent years. Some utilities are taking a broad stroke on this.

Which brings us to the Plumas-Sierra system. Plumas-Sierra has been on a 25-year all-out campaign to improve our right-of-way maintenance, removing thousands of overcrowded trees that were threatening our lines. It has not been cheap, but it has paid off in better reliability, better relationships with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies, and reduced risk of fires.

It’s been a sustained campaign by our operations staff, backed by your board of directors. We have even successfully worked to get state law changed so we have the right to access private property when trees on private land threaten our system.

When the management and board of PSREC analyzed when we should turn off our system due to weather conditions, we made the decision to only disconnect our system during extreme weather events.

This draft decision was shared with the membership at the annual meeting, and received strong support.

This has been the subject of a great deal of discussion inside the utility business. You normally don’t have to worry about the inner workings of the business because you have the cooperative for that, but in this case it’s good to share how we got here.

PSREC has been in discussions with the other utilities around us, including Truckee Donner PUD, Liberty Utilities, NV Energy and others. We all serve the mountains, and due to the snow we receive, we have all built our systems to a heavy-duty standard.

NV Energy adopted a PSPS standard that includes the potential for power shutoffs, but its power shutoffs would be rare.

Given that we’ve built our system to the same standard, and we’ve been grooming our rights-of-way for decades to a high standard, we have set a similar shutoff threshold. This seems like the prudent course of action.

Most fires are not caused by power, and it’s tough to fight a fire—especially at the initial small stage of a fire—without water. In our region, the vast majority of our water comes from wells.

The last puzzle piece is the availability of linemen to patrol our lines after a PSPS. PG&E and other utilities will not turn power back on to a region until they can inspect each pole.

In the case of our connection to Nevada, it is relatively quick and easy to patrol the NV lines from Marble Hot Springs to Loyalton and then to Truckee (the route of the lines). NV, Liberty and PSREC cooperate on inspecting lines in the hopefully rare case that a PSPS is implemented. That would make the difference between a PSPS being a few hours of outage on our electric grid, and it being several days of outage for the larger utilities.

PSREC’s crews work year-round to prevent outages and prepare for winter storms. Being prepared for an emergency and knowing what to do during an outage are vital for personal safety and quick restoration of power. Equip your home with a power outage kit. If someone in your home depends on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, make a plan for backup power. Please install surge protectors on sensitive electronics and appliances. Buy surge protectors that have a warranty for your connected load.

Once we get to winter and the storms hit, if your lights start to flicker, turn off and unplug sensitive electronic equipment immediately, and reduce any unnecessary load. For more information on outage preparedness and safety, visit www.psrec.coop. To receive updates on major, systemwide outages via text message, text “PSREC” to 800-555-2207.

Winter Rate Assistance Program

We are accepting applications for the Winter Rate Assistance Program, which offers a discounted rate for November through April use to income-qualified members.

WRAP provides information to help members conserve energy and offers a discounted electric rate during the heating season.

For more information and an application, visit www.psrec.coop, or call 530-832-4261.

Youth Opportunities

Plumas-Sierra and its subsidiary offer many life-changing opportunities to local young people, including scholarships and the Washington Youth Tour.

These programs provide enriching experiences to help young people discover themselves and their roles as citizens. They also introduce them to the cooperative way, teaching the value of involvement and commitment to their communities.

Application deadlines are fast approaching. Don’t let your children miss out on these opportunities. Please see page 4 of this month’s issue of Ruralite magazine for more information about the Washington Youth Tour.

Applications and information on our youth programs are available on our website at www.psrec.coop, or by calling the Member Services Department at 530-832-4261.

Telecommunications

PST is replacing the coax system in west Quincy with fiber optics and is scheduling customer installations in some areas.

If you have not already contacted us to be placed on our interest list to be contacted when we get to your area, please call us at 800-221-3474 or visit our website at www.pst.coop. We are also working on expanding service into Chandler Road.

PST submitted five grant applications to the California Advanced Services Fund to expand broadband coverage to the hardest-to-reach parts of our service area. We will find out this month if we have been awarded funding.

If you have any questions, please call me at (800) 555-2207 ext. 6076, or email me at bmarshall@psrec.coop.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

Sincerely,

Bob Marshall
General Manager

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Manager’s Message – October 2019

Dear Members:

The 2019 PSREC Annual Member Meeting was a great event. Thanks to everyone who joined us for the evening. The Las Plumas 4-H Club served an excellent dinner of tri-tip sandwiches, pulled-pork sandwiches and veggie burgers, and one lucky member went home with a $500 credit toward their electric bill. During the event, Plumas-Sierra

Telecommunications highlighted its plans for broadband expansion in the region. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can get information on our broadband services by visiting www.pst.coop.

One exciting project discussed was the Sierraville build. We have completed the fiber optic line between the Marble Substation (on A-23) and the Sierraville Substation, and have also gained access to two additional distribution switches, allowing better control of our electric system.

The project includes fiber optic along our distribution line on Highway 89 north from Sierraville to Sattley and Holstrom’s Mill. Businesses and homes along, or near, the line can sign up for broadband service.

There are other parts of the southern valley that can see our Sierraville Substation, where we are installing a new access point for our advanced wireless system to provide broadband services to members with a clear line-of-sight to the access point.

The fiber optic line will continue north to Calpine, hopefully by year’s end.

We are expanding service in and around Chandler Road in the Quincy area, and will find out if we will be awarded grant funding in November to continue broadband expansion into the hardest-to-reach areas of our system.

Sonja Anderson of the Western Area Power Administration and Randy Howard of the Northern California Power Agency provided updates on the electric industry during the business meeting. They discussed key issues facing your cooperative and the electric utility industry as a whole. A key takeaway from the meeting was the need for the cooperative to stay active politically to protect the interests of our member-owners.

We had a lively question-and-answer session, covering both broadband expansion and the cooperative’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan.

The board of directors is the governing body for Plumas-Sierra REC and Plumas- Sierra Telecommunications. They set policy, strategic direction, rates, and budgets. They attend classes and work hard to understand the complexities of the electrical utility industry and the telecommunications business. We thank them all for their hard work and commitment to PSREC.

The membership reelected Dick Short to District 2 and David Hansen to District 5.

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can contact me at 800-555-2207 extension 6076, or email me at bmarshall@psrec.coop.

Sincerely,

Bob Marshall
General Manager

Manager's Message

Manager’s Message – October 2019

Dear Members:

The 2019 PSREC Annual Member Meeting was a great event. Thanks to everyone who joined us for the evening. The Las Plumas 4-H Club served an excellent dinner of tri-tip sandwiches, pulled-pork sandwiches and veggie burgers, and one lucky member went home with a $500 credit toward their electric bill.

During the event, Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications highlighted its plans for broadband expansion in the region. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can get information on our broadband services by visiting www.pst.coop.

One exciting project discussed was the Sierraville build. We have completed the fiber optic line between the Marble Substation (on A-23) and the Sierraville Substation and have also gained access to two additional distribution switches, allowing better control of our electric system.

The project includes fiber optic along our distribution line on Highway 89 north from Sierraville to Sattley and Holstrom’s Mill. Businesses and homes along, or near, the line can sign up for broadband service.

There are other parts of the southern valley that can see our Sierraville Substation, where we are installing a new access point for our advanced wireless system to provide broadband services to members with a clear line-of-sight to the access point.

The fiber optic line will continue north to Calpine, hopefully by year’s end.

We are expanding service in and around Chandler Road in the Quincy area, and will find out if we will be awarded grant funding in November to continue broadband expansion into the hardest-to-reach areas of our system.

Sonja Anderson of the Western Area Power Administration and Randy Howard of the Northern California Power Agency provided updates on the electric industry during the business meeting. They discussed key issues facing your cooperative and the electric utility industry as a whole. A key takeaway from the meeting was the need for the cooperative to stay active politically to protect the interests of our member-owners.

We had a lively question-and-answer session, covering both broadband expansion and the cooperative’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan.

The board of directors is the governing body for Plumas-Sierra REC and Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications. They set policy, strategic direction, rates, and budgets. They attend classes and work hard to understand the complexities of the electrical utility industry and the telecommunications business. We thank them all for their hard work and commitment to PSREC.

The membership re-elected Dick Short to District 2 and David Hansen to District 5.

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can contact me at 800-555-2207 ext. 6076, or email me at bmarshall@psrec.coop.

Sincerely,

Bob Marshall
General Manager