Monday, May 6, 2013
Check out the live webcam of the four peregrine falcons that hatched recently at the We Energies Power Plant in Oak Creek.
Spring has sprung as four peregrine falcon chicks have hatched out of their eggs at the We Energies Plant in Oak Creek over the weekend and Monday. A peregrine falcon had nested and laid her eggs at the Oak Creek power plant in April. A webcam shows that the mother peregrine falcon has been quite busy with her four babies. According to the We Energies Raptors website, the fourth falcon egg hatched Monday morning. Once the birds are three weeks old, Greg Septon, the peregrine manager, will put identification bands on the birds.
Monday, April 29, 2013
In November, a resident who lives near the shores of Lake Michigan saw chunks of coal and a metallic sandy material. The DNR's final report said that given the make-up of the substances, it didn't come from We Energies.
Department of Natural Resource officials say the chunks of coal and a powdery metallic substance that washed up along the shore of Lake Michigan last November didn't come from We Energies, according to a story in the Journal Times. The DNR's findings are consistent with the preliminary findings, which at the time had found that the black sandy substance was magnetite and the chunky objects were coal. But the question remained - because of its proximity to the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant and the bluff collapse in 2011 - where did these substances come from? According to the Journal Times story, the coal "was burned years ago" and "is likely either coal that was burned by a power plant years ago or from a coal-fired vessel, like the …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
We Energies has several peregrine falcons that are starting to nest and lay eggs at their power plants in Oak Creek.
Watch the peregrine falcon nest and hatch real time on We Energies live webcams at the Oak Creek and Pleasant Prairie power plants. The webcam at Pleasant Prairie and Oak Creek just went live. The birds at both locations have produced eggs and customers can monitor their progress. The eggs will likely hatch in early May. According to a press release from We Energies: New chicks also will be arriving at the company’s power plants in Port Washington, Milwaukee and Marquette, Mich. Activity at these sites is being captured via webcam still photos that are being updated hourly at we-energies.com. After this batch of eggs hatch, almost 200 falcons will have been born at We Energies power plants and since 1992, about 20 percent of Wisconsin's …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
By 11:35 a.m. Sunday, WE Energies reported that the last group of customers was back on line after an outage Saturday left over 2,200 residents without power, some for well over 12 hours.
**Updated 12 p.m. The last group of customers without power finally got to turn the lights - and the heat - back on around 11:30 Sunday morning. WE Energies spokesperson Brian Manthey confirmed in an email to Patch that the final 24 homes had their power restored after crews had to work to repair some fuses that were damaged. "Everyone is back in service. The last two were restored a few minutes ago," he said in a message time stamped at 11:38 a.m. A group of about 24 residents were still without power Sunday morning after an outage on Saturday left over 2,200 homes in the dark. Manthey told Patch that all customers in the effected areas had their power restored by 5 a.m. Sunday. Crews checking for damaged meters wrapped up at 4 a.m. Then…
Saturday, March 16, 2013
At one point Saturday, 2,200 customers in Mount Pleasant and Caledonia were without power. By 6 p.m., power had been restored to more than half of them with another 650 homes back on line by 10 p.m.
*Updated at 10:25 p.m. Saturday By 10 p.m., WE Energies restored power to the majority of the 2,200 customers who lost power in Mount Pleasant and Caledonia Saturday afternoon. Utility spokesperson Brian Manthey confirmed for Patch that another 650 customers were brought back on line by 10 p.m. Of the remaining homes without power, he said he hoped those customers would have their power restored by midnight. "We know how very frustrating this is and we are working hard to get this done," he said. The issue for the last group is damaged meters. Crews are going door-to-door to check for damaged units, replacing them when appropriate. Most of the homes being checked are along Highway 31 north of Shirley Avenue, Manthey added. "We got started…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Remember Becky, the gas-smelling dog in Wind Point? She was honored with a certificate and a medal from the village president.
Len Lamberg's dog, Becky, was honored with a certificate and a medal from Wind Point Village President Bill Bensman for sniffing out potential trouble. Back in January, Lamberg was out with Becky - a deaf, mixed breed dog whom Lamberg rescued years ago - for their evening walk when she started worrying at something on the street. When Lamberg followed her over, he smelled what she did; a natural gas leak. While homes and residents weren't in any danger, WE Energies got the leak repaired and credited Becky's nose for the alert. "I think she's a hero," Lamberg said. "She might be deaf, but her nose works just fine."
Thursday, February 28, 2013
New gas lines are going in ahead of the Kremer subdivision sewer and road project slated for later this year.
We Energies will replace gas lines along Kremer and Ellis in the next couple of weeks. The company mailed letters to residents who live on those streets and also made house calls to be sure homeowners got the information and to answer any questions. The work is being done ahead of the major sewer pipe replacement and road construction planned for the Kremer subdivision later this year. According to Assistant Village Engineer Tony Bunkleman, having utilities come in ahead of major construction is pretty standard. "We let them know a major project is planned so the utility can review their facilities," he said. "We don't want to tear up these roads, get them done and then figure out the utility needs to tear up the roads again to repair or …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A Greenfield woman was arrested by Oak Creek Police after she crashed into a guardrail at We Energies.
Oak Creek police were called about 1:50 a.m. Feb. 14 to the We Energies property on a report a person who backed into a guardrail and then headed southbound on Chicago Road. A We Energies employee told police the driver seemed intoxicated and thought she was near the freeway, so the employee told her to park her vehicle. But the woman left the scene instead, according to a report by the Oak Creek Police Department. A 1993 Buick Century, owned by a Greenfield woman, was found unoccupied and stuck in a snow bank in a nearby cul-de-sac in the 4700 block of Seven Mile Road. The car still had the keys in the ignition, according to a report by the Caledonia Police Department. An Oak Creek police sergeant called the listed owner of the vehicle, a…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Outages are between 6 Mile and 5 1/2 Mile roads and east of Middle Road; and west of Highway 31 between Three Mile Road and Northwestern Avenue.
UPDATE: The power cut out again east of Middle Road between 6 and 5 1/2 Mile roads at 4:47 a.m. and is still out. Additionally, the power is out for about 175 customers just west of Highway 31 between Three Mile Road and Northwestern Avenue at about 7 a.m., according to the We Energies power outage map. We'll keep you updated on the status. Original story The power was out for about 200 We Energies customers since about 7:45 p.m. Thursday night. The service returned at about 1 a.m. Friday morning. The area affected by the outages was between 6 Mile and 5 1/2 Mile roads and east of Middle Road, according to the power outage map on the We Energies website. The outages are still under investigation. Cathy Schulze, a spokesperson for We …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The DNR found high levels of molybdenum in private wells and is advising private well owners to have their water tested.
On the heels of news that high levels of molybdenum were found in private wells in Caledonia, the Central Racine County Health Department is offering free molybdenum water test kits as long as supplies last. The health department is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 10005 Northwestern Ave, US Bank Building, 2nd Floor, in Franksville. CRCHD has a small number of free kits available for residents who want to use the State Lab of Hygiene, but there is a $13 charge for the test itself. Keith Hendricks, program manager, encourages residents to use the state Department of Natural Resources website for more information because health department staff are not groundwater experts. "We're more than happy to help direct residents to …