Wholesale energy market conditions will require additional dual fuel and peak shave water heating control this week beginning Monday and possibly going through Friday, in the a.m. and p.m. hours. Our dual fuel and peak shave water heating program participants provide an important resource to our wholesale provider, Great River Energy. During certain wholesale energy market conditions these programs becomes very valuable to Great River Energy. We appreciate the willingness of those members that participate in these programs. You can check GRE's website any time to find out if loads are being controlled. You can also view a day-ahead forecast for anticipated control times by going to the same site.
In an ongoing effort to improve the reliability of CTV channels, Cooperative Television of Southern Minnesota (CTV) made improvements to its infrastructure. CTV is owned by four local electric co-ops.
Previously, Twin Cities TV signals were picked up at New Sweden over-the-air and then microwaved to towers at Frost, Godahl and Jackson. Now signals are brought to all three towers by fiber optic cable from the Cities. No signal degradation occurs from the Cities to the three CTV towers. The signals rebroadcasted from the CTV towers are at the same quality as broadcasted in the Twin Cities (Note: the Sioux Falls channels on the Jackson tower are not part of this; they come over the air from Sioux Falls).
“This should improve reception,” stated CTV General Manager Dave Sunderman. “The only signal degradation that can now occur is between the CTV towers and viewers’ homes.”
In addition, CTV added six channels (below). Do a rescan on your digital TV or converter box to pick them up with a UHF antenna.
41.1 ION TV — TV shows such as Monk and Psych, along with movies
41.2 QUBO — programming for kids
41.3 ION Life — health and wellness programming
41.4 SHOP — products for sale
41.5 QVC — home shopping
41.6 HSN — the Home Shopping Network
Note that one channel is only available in the Godahl Tower area.
If you are viewing CTV channels, remember the service is not free. CTV is supported by paying subscribers. The cost is $7 a month and can be added to your electric bill, paid once a year. If you are viewing CTV channels and not supporting CTV as a subscriber, contact your electric cooperative to sign up or visit www.ctv.coop.
For complete channel listings, click here.
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