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High hopes for hydro

Reports tout potential; tradeoffs as always “America’s first renewable electricity source, hydropower, has been providing flexible, low-cost, and low-emission renewable energy for more than 100 years.” So say the opening words of a lengthy paper released this past summer by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). At first glance they might seem to qualify as

“There’s no such thing as a bad day in the woods”

Those words form a signature statement of the late Herman Olson, described by one of his sons, Marvin, as “The Aldo Leopold of Portage County.” Herman’s credo is immortalized on a boulder marking the entrance to Steinhaugen, a 270-acre property in Custer filled with woodlands, wetlands, and prairie grasses, and crossed with old logging trails.

Do you have an energy hog in your home?

Dear Pat: I’m trying to make my home as energy efficient as possible. I recently installed a new heat pump and efficient water heater, and increased the amount of insulation in my home. I also enlisted the help of a home energy auditor, and he didn’t find much in the way of air leakage. However,

Co-ops salute our military

From the time their first lines were energized, Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives have enjoyed a strong relationship with the United States armed forces. Within four years of the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association’s founding in 1936, rural electrification was involved from top to bottom in rearming the United States military. Expansion of farm production was part of