Manager’s Message — February 2021
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.
Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative (PSREC) provides outage notifications via email, text, social media, and our website. To sign up for notices, sign in to SmartHub on our website, and visit the Manage Notifications section to select the alerts you would like to receive. If you need assistance, please call us at (530) 832-4261.
During these difficult times, we know many of you are struggling financially. We would like to stress the importance of staying in touch with us about your bills and trying to keep your account balance from growing too much for both our electric and telecommunications services. Please contact our billing department at (530) 832-4261 or email the billing department to make bill payment arrangements.
The PSREC Community Solar Program is still offering blocks of 100 kilowatt-hours-a-month 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 where a solar system would not produce optimal energy output. Community solar is a great, maintenance-free way to participate in renewable power without solar panels on your roof.
It has been an exciting time for Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications. We are working to finish construction of the California Advanced Services Fund grant projects to bring service to hard-to-reach areas on our system and in the community.
We recently opened the Mohawk Vista area for installations, and are nearing completion of fiber construction in areas of Portola and the Gold Run region that will offer speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second with unlimited data. Fiber optic packages start at $79 a month for 50 Mbps download speeds.
We recently increased the speed of our coax network in Quincy and Portola, and now offer download speeds up to 25 Mbps, also with no data limits.
Two $1,000 scholarships are available. The deadline is Monday, April 26.