Natural Gas Utility Workers' Day is March 18

The American Public Gas Association has designated March 18 as Natural Gas Utility Workers' Day, a time to recognize the employees who ensure that natural gas is distributed safely.

This annual nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by employees of natural gas utilities. 

March 18 is the date of the New London, Texas, school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety.

Springtime flooding can pose electrical hazards

As the spring snow melt causes flooding in many yards, homes, and basements, Rock Energy Cooperative reminds members that water and electricity don't mix.

If you need your electric and/or natural gas service disconnected for emergency reasons, call us at 866-752-4550. We will respond anytime during the day or night without charge. Reconnection during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, also is free. If reconnection is requested after hours, there will be a trip charge.

Students can develop leadership skills

Understanding the cooperative difference and identifying traits of leaders are just two of the topics that will highlight the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative Association Youth Leadership Congress.

The conference, co-sponsored by Wisconsin’s energy cooperatives and the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, is scheduled for July 24–26 on the UW–River Falls campus.

Rock Energy Cooperative will pay for up to four high school students to attend the sessions. Applicants must be current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who reside in the co-op’s service territory. 

Rock Energy crews repair gas main break

Rock Energy Cooperative crews worked on Thursday, Feb. 28, to repair a gas main break at the intersection of Rockton Road and Quail Trail in Rockton.

A contractor hit a gas main shortly after noon. The area was evacuated, and natural gas was disconnected to about a dozen services in the area.

Rock Energy crews expected to have the gas line repaired and service restored by 7 p.m.

Maintaining reliability vital as generation sources change

Many aspects of the energy industry have evolved in recent years, but perhaps the biggest change is occurring in the resources used to produce your electricity.

The mix of energy sources for generating electricity in the United States has changed over time, especially in recent years. Natural gas and renewable energy sources like wind and solar account for an increasing share of U.S. electricity generation, while coal-fired electricity generation has declined.