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The MAEC has been formed to serve as a clearing house and information source on electrical issues for farmers, extension agents, veterinarians,and anybody involved with agriculture in Michigan. The goals of the MAEC are to work cooperatively with the farmers of Michigan and the agriculturally related industries in providing electrical information for the benefit of all. The MAEC is comprised of academic, regulatory and industry representatives from Michigan State University, the Michigan Public Service Commission, Consumers Energy Company, The Detroit Edison Company and the members of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association.

The council's efforts are concentrating on educational and informational programs for MSU extension, electrical contractors, farmers, agricultural equipment dealers, and power suppliers. Programs include:

  • Partnering with MSU outreach on courses for Neutral-to-Earth Voltage Investigators.
  • Partnering a program with the Michigan Department of Agriculture milk inspectors who are now making electrical safety checks a regular part of their dairy inspections. This program is helping to identify potential electrical concerns.
  • Developing and presenting programs for electricians/contractors for use by power suppliers in conjunction with the MAEC and MSU Extension on electrical grounding.
  • Developing an outline of procedures and a training course for 24 hour monitoring of animal contact currents.
  • Developing proposals for AOE partnering programs and outreach NEC CODE Training

A Quarterly communication, the Newswire provides information to all members of the Council and to other interested parties. The MAEC is continually accumulating information on new electrical technologies related to production agriculture.