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Coat Electric, Infinity Science Center partnership gives raptors safe nesting place

Ospreys and other raptors now have a safe place to nest on the grounds of Infinity Science Center thanks to a partnership between Coast Electric Power Association and Infinity.

The partnership began when Joe Pettigrew, a volunteer at Infinity and a master naturalist, saw the opportunity for a nesting platform near the science center’s opossum walk. Coast Electric was asked to become a partner not only because of the cooperative’s commitment to environmental efforts but because the tools and manpower needed to build and place the platform. Coast Electric staff built the platform to meet national standards and crews used equipment that typically digs holes for and sets power poles to place the nesting platform near a retaining pond on Infinity property.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ospreys often nest in the tops of dead trees and on power poles. Nesting on the tops of power poles can create hazardous conditions for the birds and for the public. Coast Electric has an avian protection plan that includes covering poles in locations ospreys tend to nest to protect the birds and the electrical system.

“Ospreys can nest in the same spot for many years so this gives the birds a safe alternative,” said Coast Electric Vice President of Engineering Scott Brown, who implemented the cooperative’s avian protection plan. “We are often working to cover our equipment to keep the birds away from danger, so it was great for us to be involved in a project that gives these animals a safe place to nest.”

Infinity Science Center Executive Director John Wilson said the nesting area will help Infinity guests, “understand the complexity and diversity of our ecosystem.” Wilson said, “We help people understand this planet and how precious it is and how everything works together. To go into space, you have to understand this planet first.”

Offices Closed July 4

Coast Electric’s offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. Dispatchers will remain on duty and crews will be on call throughout the holiday. To report outages in seconds use our free CE on the Go mobile app or call 877-769-2372. Have a safe and happy holiday!Continue Reading

I haven’t touched my thermostat. Why is my bill higher?

Answer: Power bills following periods of prolonged cold weather can be higher even when you have not changed the thermostat. Heating costs make up the largest percentage of a home’s energy use. When the temperature changes drastically or stays extremely cold, your HVAC unit must run longer to keep your home at the programmed, comfortable…Continue Reading

How cold weather affects your bill

Why does cold weather mean higher bills?  Freezing temperatures are once again expected this week. Frigid temperatures cause heating systems to work overtime, and since heating and cooling can make up nearly half of your electric bill, you may experience sticker shock when you open that bill. • The weather makes a big impact on electric…Continue Reading

System updates Jan. 5-7

Coast Electric will be completing system updates this weekend. Members will not be able to make payments from Friday evening through Sunday. Members must also call 877-769-2372 to report outages. Reporting outages on the app will not work until updates are complete. We appreciate your patience while we work to update and maintain our system to…Continue Reading

Coast Electric’s Annual Meeting & Member Appreciation Night – Nov. 2

Coast Electric will host members on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the cooperative’s Kiln Headquarters building for the Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Night. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the business meeting will be called to order at 6:30 p.m. Members in attendance will have the opportunity to visit various booths before the business meeting…Continue Reading

Coast Electric prepares for Nate

Coast Electric employees are on alert and making preparations for what is expected to become Hurricane Nate. Here’s what you should know: Offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9 so all employees can focus on restoration efforts. If you require electricity for medical equipment, we cannot guarantee service after storms. You should prepare for outages and make…Continue Reading

Site Maintenance Wednesday, Sept. 20

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, we will be performing site maintenance and will not be able to accept payments via phone, app, kiosk or on our website from 5 p.m. until midnight. You will still be able to report outages by calling 877-769-2372. We appreciate your patience while we work to make system upgrades.Continue Reading