Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association is helping local townships prepare for potential extended power outages. Earlier this spring, Alger Delta Electric donated $3,000 to Cedarville Township and an additional $3,000 to Gourley Township towards the purchase and installation of emergency backup generators for their respective township halls.
The generators will allow the township halls to be used as warming centers if an extended power outage occurs. They will also ensure the fire departments, located within the township hall buildings, have access to power and are able to respond to emergencies during outages. Installed in March, the generators are ready to go should the need arise.
“Part of our mission as a locally owned, not-for-profit organization is to make positive contributions to the communities we serve,” stated Amanda Seger, CFO for Alger Delta. “I can’t think of a more worthy cause than ensuring residents are able to stay warm during an emergency situation.”
The purchase and installation of emergency backup generators was spurred by the extended outages that took place over Thanksgiving of 2019. A winter storm knocked out power to many people living in the Upper Peninsula. With an aging population, safety plans are a necessity during power outages in such a rural area.
“We live and work in the area, too,” continued Seger. “We want to be sure our friends and neighbors are prepared and can be kept safe the next time a strong storm wipes out power.”
Alger Delta Electric recommends all residents have a winter storm survival plan in place for extended outages. This may include bottled water, extra canned goods, a flashlight, batteries, blankets, warm clothes, and a first-aid kit.
Alger Delta Electric’s donations were made possible through funds provided by Alger Delta Electric’s not-for-profit wholesale power provider, WPPI Energy.
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Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association was founded in 1937. Since then, they have grown to serve about 10,000 members in six counties in the central Upper Peninsula. They are one of about 900 non-profit electric co-ops in the U.S.
Picture 1 (L-R): Amanda Seger, Alger Delta Electric CFO, with Jim Preston, Cedarville Township Trustee
Picture 2 (L-R): Amanda Seger, Alger Delta Electric CFO, with Steve Wery, Gourley Township Supervisor, Annette Soper, Gourley Township Clerk, and Stephanie Walechka, Gourley Township Treasurer