|Summer Electric Rates- Thursday, May 31, 2012|
|Summer electric rates are in effect June 1st through August 31st. |
|Scholarships- Tuesday, May 15, 2012|
|Oahe Electric Coop offeres several scholarships each year to students of member constituents. |
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-7341
Hours: 8am-5pm (M-F)
Superintendent: Ryan Grant
Utilities Director: Brad Palmer
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For Underground Utility Locations, Please Call:
SD ONE CALL @ 800-781-7474
The Pierre Electric Department is made up of a superintendent, six full-time lineman, and an electrician. The Electric Department is responsible for updating and maintaining the Pierre power system. The system is entirely underground, with no overhead distribution lines. It has approximately 6500 electric meters, 2900 street lights, and three substations with a fourth under construction in 2012. The system's voltage is 12470/7200 volts with a peak usage of approximately 45 megavatts. Electricity for the system is purchased from Western Area Power Administration and Missouri River Energy Services.
Electric Department Staff Serving You
Rex Newling Devin Harris Steve Kuiper Dave Kietzmann
Cory Schwartz Steve Valland John Petrik
To report a power outage between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm please call 773-7407, after hours please call 773-7410.
True and False Facts about CFL's:
True: CFL’s contain Mercury.
True: Mercury is safely contained in the bulb as long as it is not broken.
True: A broken CFL bulb needs to be handled carefully with certain procedures.
False: The amount of Mercury in a CFL poses a grave danger to the inhabitants of a home.
Why should people use CFLs?
Switching from traditional light bulbs (called incandescent) to CFLs is an effective, simple change everyone in America can make right now. Making this change will help to use less electricity at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change. Lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy (electricity) than incandescent light bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, cost little up front, and provide a quick return on investment.
Do CFLs contain mercury?
Mercury is an essential part of CFLs; it allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 4 milligrams (mg). By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury – an amount equal to the mercury in 125 CFLs. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact (not broken) or in use.
How do CFLs result in less mercury in the environment compared to traditional light bulbs?
Electricity use is the main source of mercury emissions in the U.S. CFLs use up to 75 percent less electricity than incandescent lights, so less usage means CFLs reduce the amount of mercury into the environment.
What should I do if I break a CFL bulb?
Don't panic! Take these simple steps recommended by the EPA to safely clean up a broken CFL bulb.
What should I do with my old CFL bulbs?
Recycle them! Recycling prevents the release of mercury into the environment. Additionally, virtually all components of a fluorescent bulb can be recycled and reused.
The City of Pierre recycles CFL’s for $.50/bulb at the Landfill recycling center at 2800 E. Park. Click here to learn more about the City of Pierre Solid Waste Department's electronics recycling program.
Many retailes such as Home Depot and Lowes accept CFL's for recycling.
Seasonal Tips for Saving Money and Energy:
Give your air conditioner a break this summer-
This winter, save money and stay warm. Keep your energy bill and your pollution output low this winter by taking a whole-house approach to heating.
· During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
· Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable when home. By resetting your programmable thermostat from 72 degrees to 65 degrees for eight hours a day (for instance, while no one is home or while everyone is tucked in bed) you can cut your heating bill by up to 10 percent.
· Weatherize your home-caulk and weatherstrip any doors and windows that leak air.
· Properly maintain and clean heating equipment. Replace furnace filters regularly.
· Check the insulation in your attic, ceilings, exterior and basement walls, floors, and crawl spaces to see if it meets the levels recommended for your area.
A 2" slip coupler w/ adapter will be used for all new and upgraded residential services. This will become the standard shortly. To learn more view this PDF.
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides assistance to low-income South Dakota households to help them pay for their home heating bills.
Produced by the U.S. Department of Energy, this booklet provides tips on saving energy and saving money at home.
Home Energy Saver is a web-based do-it-yourself home energy audit tool. Find the best ways to save energy in YOUR home.
Get the latest news and information about Energy Star rated products.
Find more information about the Bright Energy Solutions Program, as well as helpful tips on saving money and energy.
Sign up to receive our ecommunication full of helpful tips, resouces, and advice about saving energy and money.
A great resource for learning about electricity safety for all ages!
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Electric Department employees change a switch by the DOT building.
June 14, 2012
Crews repair a streetlight on Capitol across from the Governor's Mansion.
Crews work to install electricity at Steamboat Park in time for Oahe Days 2012.