Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | May 2019

Everyone loves the long days of summer, but nobody loves the impact they can have on their electric bill.

As the temperatures rise and fall, so does the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your home. Did you know you can smooth out those peaks in energy use with our Levelized Billing program?

The program works on a rolling 12-month average based on the current month's use and the previous 11 months. The bill amount will vary slightly to reflect changes in monthly energy use, but usually stays within a $10 window.

Knowing your approximate monthly bill can help you to better budget throughout the year.

If your account is in good standing, you may qualify for Levelized Billing. Call 770-775-7857 today!

Summary of Bylaws on Annual Meeting; Membership; Nomination and Election of Board Members; and Board Representation

The Bylaws of the Cooperative require that the annual meeting be held each year at such date, time, and place in one of the counties in Georgia within which the cooperative serves, and beginning at such hour, as the Board of Directors shall from year to year designate. The purpose of the meeting is to elect directors, to pass upon reports covering the previous fiscal year, and to transact such other business as may come before the meeting. The Board of Directors has set the Annual Meeting for Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Central Georgia EMC Annex, 1083 S. Mulberry St., Jackson, GA. 30233.


Each member who is not in a status of suspension, as provided for in Section 2.01 of the Bylaws, shall be entitled to only one vote upon each matter submitted to a vote at any meeting of the members. Any person, firm, or corporation may become a member of the cooperative by filing an application for membership; paying a membership fee; and agreeing to purchase electric power and energy from the cooperative. The applicant further agrees to be bound by and comply with the cooperative’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, and all rules, regulations, rate classifications, and rate schedules as exist or may thereafter be adopted or amended.


The Board of Directors of the Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation has appointed an eight-member Committee on Nominations consisting of:

  • Ms. Janice Brooks, 44 Briarcliff Road, Griffin, GA 30223
  • Mr. Robert Christopher Brown, 225 N. Unity Grove Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248
  • Mr. Harry Clark, 2161A Brownlee Road Jackson, GA 30233
  • Mr. Randy Dougherty, 100 Cabin Creek Circle, Griffin, GA 30223
  • Mr. Charles Dumas, 1239 Juliette Road, Forsyth, GA 31029
  • Mr. Dan Jordan, 1726 Jordan Road, Monticello, GA 31064
  • Mr. John Donald Kicklighter, 5301 Seven Islands Road, Madison, GA 30650
  • Mr. Hugh Franklin Weaver, 2252 Highway 16 West, Jackson, GA 30233


FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019

The date set for the meeting of the Nominating Committee is Friday, May 3, 2019, at 9 a.m., at the headquarters building in Jackson, GA. The Nominating Committee is required by the Bylaws of the corporation to post at the Cooperative office in Jackson the names of nominees to the Board of Directors, at least, forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.


Any fifteen (15) or more members of the cooperative may nominate a cooperative member for director by filing a petition with the Secretary of the Cooperative, who is D.A. Robinson, III, 923 S. Mulberry St., Jackson, GA 30233, not less than forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting. (That is, no later than Friday, June 21, 2019, by the close of business at 5 p.m.) The nominations are to be posted at the office of the cooperative. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting, provided that written notice of the full name of such nominee shall have been given to the Secretary of the cooperative at least forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting. (That is, no later than Friday, June 21, 2019, by the close of business at 5 p.m.)


Three directors will be elected at the Annual Meeting for three-year terms each:

  • Henry-Clayton-Fayette Counties, currently Incumbent Warren E. Holder
  • “At Large” (Post 1), currently Incumbent Linda H. Jordan
  • Morgan-Putnam-Jasper-Jones-Newton Counties, currently Incumbent J. Everett Williams

Celebrating 35 years of service

CGEMC Board Member, D.A. Robinson was recently recognized for 35 years of service as an EMC Member Representative for OPC/GTC/GSOC. Mr. Robinson received this recognition from OPC/GTC/GSOC Advisory Board Chairman Guerry Hall. Congratulations and thank you for your many years of dedication!

Congratulations to our new retirees!

Congratulations to Lead Lineperson Bobby Benjamin and Crew Leader Mickey Smith on their respective retirements! We will miss having them in our CGEMC family, but we know their families will be overjoyed to spend more time with them. Thank you for your service to your cooperative and your community!


Keeping our rates low is one of our commitments to you. But did you know helping us keep rates low can be as simple as rescheduling your laundry washing?

That’s right! During the hottest days of the summer, the distribution system has to work very hard to meet the demand for power. On these peak energy days—especially if you are not home to enjoy it—be sure your inside temperature is set to 78 degrees. Using a programmable or smart thermostat is a great way to take care of this!

Schedule your laundry, dishwasher, and EV charging outside peak energy demand times, before 3 p.m. and after 8 p.m. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or website this summer. We will have alerts on days we expect high demand.

CGEMC is the third-lowest energy cost provider in the state, and with your help, we can keep delivering the power you need at a rate you will love!

ask adam!

Meet Adam McDaniel, our dedicated Energy Analyst. Adam spends much of his day looking for irregularities in customer energy usage. When energy use falls outside a customer-owner's normal range, Adam can address the issue before a potential problem becomes a large electric bill.

We asked Adam: What can we do, as consumers, to help avoid an unexpectedly high bill?

Adam's Tip: The best thing you can do is set up energy use alerts! Through our customer portal or mobile app, we offer a self-setting option for high use alerts.

Imagine that you have a leaking water heater or burst hot water pipe. You may not detect this for several days if it is located in a crawl space. As it tries to recover hot water capacity, it will consume high amounts of energy until the leak is detected. If you set a text alert for high use, you will be notified quickly when there is a change, allowing you to research the source.

A Hero Without A Cape!

Adam's proactive analysis of our customer-owners' energy usage has made him a hero on more than one occasion.

Recently, I noticed unusually high energy usage in a seasonal home. Weekend contractors at the location left the heating system set to 80 degrees. The location showed up on the report for high use. I was able to contact the homeowner, who quickly took action. It saved them a month's worth of high heat billing in a vacant home.

Do We Owe You Money?

Customers Due Refunds

  • Armstead, Katerina
  • Baker, Daquon
  • Browning, James O.
  • Cappas, Alicea
  • Carlisle, Brandi M.
  • Carter, Jane EST.
  • Green, Otony
  • Hodges, John A.
  • Jackson, Jessica M.
  • Jones, Christopher
  • Kasicki, Alex
  • Lu, Dylan W.
  • Redmond, Murshin
  • Reed, Elsie
  • Robinson, Willie Hugley EST.
  • Tention, David
  • Walker, Johnny W. & Brandi
  • Wesley, Gloria Moore
  • Williams, Lois E.

If you are on the list or know any of these individuals, please call us at 770-775-7857, or advise them to do so. Thank you!

Operation round up grants

In April, a total of $20,000 was awarded by the CGEMC Foundation to worthy non-profit organizations in our service territory. Participating customer-owners donate an average of 50 cents per month, this adds up to a big impact in our communities. Thank you for making a difference!

Spotlight on Brave Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center

Brave Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center - $2,500 - Provide riding scholarships for disabled children. The program uses therapeutic riding to provide social, educational, and sport opportunities in recreational horseback riding session adapted to individuals with disabilities.

Co-op Connections Card

Save at Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, and White Water with Co-op Connections Savings!

Redeem your Co-op Connections discount offer for a one-day pass to Six Flags Over Georgia/Hurricane Harbor for; a one-day pass to Six Flags White Water OR a Combo Gold Season Pass (Six Flags/Hurricane Harbor/White Water/parking pass). Visit www.sixflags.com, select your park and enter promo code: gspower to receive the discounted price.

Holiday Closing

The CGEMC office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019. In the event of a power outage, please call our 24-hour automated system at 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877 for an immediate response. System operators are on duty to assist you.

We thank all those who have served!

Recipe of the Month

Want a $20 bill credit? Submit your favorite recipe to vjolley@cgemc.com. Include your active account number. Published recipes receive a $20 bill credit!


Download the CGEMC Mobile App.

Text-to-Connect: Text JOIN to 352667 from the mobile phone listed on your account. Text PAY to use one of your pre-saved payment methods.

Call 770-775-7857 and select Option 2 for our 24-hour automated payment system.

Pay online at www.cgemc.com using our Customer Portal.


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