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There’s good news for Connexus Energy members. There will be no rate increase in the coming year.
While other neighboring utilities are looking at increases, the Connexus Energy Board and employees continue to find effective ways to contain costs. We are doing this while still maintaining a distribution system that is highly efficient and reliable. Our stable prices are due in large part to our operational excellence that is backed up by our bigger projects like AMI automated meter reading, Wi-Fi thermostats, and distributed generation. These new initiatives are helping us to reduce costs; and, in turn, we are able to pass on the savings to our members.
Helping Homeless Vets
Thanks to a lot of help form the community, Cottage #2 on the grounds of the old Anoka State Hospital is now open and home to at-risk veterans. Senator Jim Abler, a key supporter of the project, gave a big thumbs up when Connexus Energy CEO Greg Ridderbusch presented a $10,000 donation to the Eagle’s Healing Nest. The non-profit group is working to turn historic buildings into housing for vets.
Energy Efficiency: Tip of the Month
Looking for an easy way to make your home cozier? Try using an area rug to increase the insulation levels of your floors. Area rugs are stylish and can keep cool air from entering through your floors. Your toes will thank you!
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
16-24 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 stick butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup dry sherry or white wine
1/2 cup mashed potato flakes
3 chicken breasts, boiled and cubed
Cook wild rice according to package directions.
Saute onion and mushrooms in butter.
Add flour and chicken stock and cook about 10 minutes, stirring until smooth. Add chicken, rice, half-and-half, sherry/wine and mashed potato flakes.
Eighty years ago, only those living in the bigger cities like Minneapolis enjoyed the comforts of electricity. Rural areas, including the North metro remained dark. That is until a group of determined folks formed the Anoka County Cooperative Light and Power Association, and finally brought electricity to this area. Today, you know that cooperative as Connexus Energy.
Looking for Old Timers and Old Stuff
We plan to commemorate our 80th anniversary with a special presentation at our upcoming annual meeting in April. If you remember the first time the lights came on, we want to hear your story. Also, if you have any mementos/photos from our cooperative from way back, let us know. Send us a note at email@example.com. Please reference the Heritage Project.
Director Candidate Applications
Connexus Energy is now accepting applications for Board of Director candidates in director districts 1, 3, and 4. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on January 26, 2018. An informational meeting for members interested in becoming director candidates is scheduled for January 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Connexus Energy. If you plan to attend an informational meeting, please RSVP at 763.323.2721.
New Website Coming Soon!
We are updating our website. As more and more members use our online options, we’re hard at work making sure our website easily and quickly serves all your needs. Look for the new site to be launched early in the New Year.
FREE Wi-Fi thermostats or $125 rebate
Did you know that now you have several options if you want to join our Wi-Fi PowerNap® Air Conditioning program?
FREE Wi-Fi Thermostat – We will send you a free Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat when you agree to sign up for our Wi-Fi PowerNap Air Conditioning program.
BYOT Program – With the PowerNap Air Conditioning Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) program, you have the flexibility to choose the qualifying Wi-Fi thermostat that best meets your needs. If you already have a qualifying thermostat installed, you may still qualify for the $125 rebate.
Whichever program you choose, you also get a $10 monthly credit on summer electric bills. To see if you qualify and to learn more about the Wi-Fi PowerNap program, visit us at connexusenergy.com.
Chocolate Mint Brownies
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 (16oz) can chocolate syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Green food coloring
1 cup chocolate chips
6 tbsp butter
Brownies Mix in order given. Bake in greased 9 x 13 pan for 30 minutes. Let cool.
Frosting Mix and spread over cooled brownies. Let sit until light film forms on top.
Glaze Melt in the pan and pour over frosting. Chill brownies in the refrigerator before serving.