As winter drags on, Wisconsin Public Service reminds customers that heating assistance money is still available. Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says many low income people are feeling the pinch of a record-setting cold winter....
Three Lakes schools have joined the Wisconsin Public Service "Solarwise for Schools", designed to teach about renewable energy with a hands-on program. WPS Program Manager Mike Moore says they donate a two-to-three kilowatt solar system, a 26 lesson curriculum, train teachers in the fall, and in the spring offer the "Solar Olympics", a solar-based science fair. He thinks Three Lakes more northern location will provide some valuable data for the program...
Crews were restoring power across parts of the Northwoods Friday after a powerful winter storm cut power to utility customers.
Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says scattered power outages happened as soon as the storm hit Thursday evening...
"....we did have outages reported all the way from the Wausau area to up north...Antigo, Minocqua, Crandon, Rhinelander and areas in between. We have seen scattered outages throughout the night. Fortunately it was nothing major. Our crews have been able to quickly respond...."
Crandon School District is getting a financial boost to pay for energy conservation measures. Wisconsin Public Service and the statewide Focus on Energy program presented Crandon Schools with a $34,000 check Monday to help pay for energy-efficient lighting.
District Administrator Jim Asher says the school was looking to save money on costly energy bills.
Wisconsin Public Service officials say by 2019 they will need more power for this region. The utility serving much of the Northwoods says they have two options: buy power or generate more power. And if they decide to generate more power they've narrowed down to possible sites.
Wisconsin Public Service has entered into negotiations to sell the Otter Rapids dam to Renewable World Energies.
The dam forms much of what is known at the Eagle River chain of lakes.
WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the sale is pending federal approval, but says the new owner isn't going to change the hydroelectric operation...
"...the key thing is nothing will change for the community of Eagle River and the surrounding area in terms of the water situation and the Chain of Lakes. We knew that's what everyone would be most concerned about..."
The mid-summer heat and humidity will stay for a couple of days and the American Red Cross says don't over do it.
Among the tips they provide is drink lots of water and avoid caffiene and alcohol, try to move activities to the cooler parts of the day, wear light-colored, loose fitting clothes. If you get too hot, find a public building that has air-conditioning. Always check to see pets are protected from the sun's rays and have plenty of water. Health-threatening heat exhaustion and heat stroke can come on quickly.