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Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | September 2021

More than just lights

Electricity powers our quality of life, and energy demand has increased across the board. The average U.S. household uses more air conditioning, appliances, and consumer electronics than ever before. Most homes contain 10 or more internet-connected devices—from laptops and thermostats to TVs and vacuum cleaners!

Typically, when demand goes up for a commodity, price follows the same trend. However, that’s not true with electricity. Over the past five years, the cost of rent has increased by 3.4 percent, medical care increased 2.8 percent, and education increased 2.2 percent. However, the cost of electricity only increased one percent. Considering all the ways we depend on electricity, it remains a great value.

At Central Georgia EMC (CGEMC), part of our mission is to pass this value to our members. For the last nine years, our rates have remained among the lowest in the state. And we will keep working hard to power your life reliably and affordably. After all, electricity is about more than lights... it's about living!

Curious about your home energy use? Use our Virtual Energy Assessment.

Georgia has Sun power!

Did you know that Georgia ranks in the top ten states for solar electric capacity? Take advantage of Georgia's "sun power" with Cooperative Solar... without installing or maintaining any equipment. Through our partnership with Green Power EMC, we are able to offer increased reliability and availability!

Cooperative Solar allows you to reap the benefits of clean energy by adding affordable and renewable solar power to your monthly energy mix. No maintenance. No hassles. Even renters can participate!

Cooperative Solar is available in 1-kilowatt (kW) blocks at an affordable $19 per month, per block. You will receive a credit on your monthly bill for kilowatt-hours (kWh) generated by your solar energy block(s).

Call 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877 to learn more about adding solar energy to your monthly energy mix.

Considering installing solar panels on your home? Here are a few considerations. If you have questions, we are glad to help!

2021 Annual Meeting recap

Creativity, ingenuity, and teamwork delivered an exceptional Annual Meeting experience for members.

Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation held its 84th Annual Meeting of Members at the Central Georgia EMC Annex Building in Butts County, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

This year's meeting was held in a drive-thru format. The 706 members in attendance remained in their vehicles for the duration of their visit to the CGEMC campus.

Members in attendance received an Annual Meeting bucket, stocked with a variety of gifts, including breakfast treats and a $25 bill credit.

At 10 a.m., Mr. Arthur White Jr., Chairman of the Board, called the meeting to order. He then announced the required quorum of members were registered to conduct business, and signaled the closure of registration and voting.

CGEMC President/CEO George L. Weaver presented the consent agenda, which was approved as presented.

Mr. Phillip B. Ham Jr., representing Monroe and Bibb counties, and Mr. D.T. Hamil, representing Spalding, Lamar, and Pike counties (Post No. 1), each of whom were unopposed, were reelected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Three candidates qualified to represent Butts County. Attending members elected Mr. Rod Mangham as the Butts County Director.

Upon the meeting's conclusion, there was one grand-prize drawing for a $1,500 Amazon gift card. The winner was Mr. Raymond Rogers of Jackson.

CGEMC Happenings

why did my power blink?

What do you think the most common cause of power outage is? The answer might surprise you!

broadband update

Fiber-to-the-home update

The future powered by fiber is just a few months away for some Central Georgia EMC members in Monroe County.

Central Georgia EMC and Conexon Connect continue to make rapid progress building out our fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. We are on track to connect the first members before Thanksgiving. The first zone to be connected in Monroe County includes Juliette Commons, Forsyth Landing, Adamsville Park, Chriswood, Bellewood, and surrounding areas.

Over the next several weeks, we will be finalizing the fiber construction and testing our network, equipment, and processes to ensure the best possible experience for members once the zone opens.

As we work toward completing the construction in Monroe County, we will routinely announce more specific neighborhood details associated with each zone. Our goal is to have service availability for all Monroe County members by mid-2022.

In other areas of the CGEMC territory, you will begin to see crews performing make-ready work—evaluating and sometimes changing out poles to prepare the infrastructure to accommodate the extra load of fiber.

If you haven’t done so already, pre-register today for high-speed internet. You’ll be the first to know when service will be available to your home or business.

Checkout by paygo

Introducing Checkout by PayGo, an easy, convenient way to pay your electric bill while you run your errands!

Pay your bill where you shop, with over 50,000 retail locations nationwide. Here's how it works:

  1. Click on the button below to obtain your unique barcode.
  2. Take it with you where you shop.
  3. Make a cash payment at the cash register. Your payment is instantly applied to your CGEMC bill.

If you have questions about Checkout by PayGo, contact us, and a customer representative will be glad to assist you. 770-775-7857.

Service Charge Adjustment Effective October 1, 2021

Effective with October 1, 2021, billings, Central Georgia EMC’s monthly service charge for residential accounts will change from $34 to $37. The monthly charge for general service and commercial accounts will also increase by $3. This change is part of a continuous effort to align charges with operational and wholesale power costs.

The service charge covers portions of costs associated with account administration, power distribution, capacity, and other related expenses. Despite this adjustment, Central Georgia EMC remains one of the lowest-cost electric providers in all of Georgia.

See what a little bit of pocket change can do for your community! Join us today by simply rounding up your electric bill to the next dollar.

In August, the Central Georgia EMC Foundation awarded $17,500 in grants to charitable organizations in our territory.

Qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations in our service territory are invited to submit an application to the Central Georgia EMC Foundation.

Through Operation Round Up, our members support local organizations with a mission to make our communities even better places to live, work, and dream big. By simply rounding up your monthly electric bill to the next dollar, you can join in! Our pennies add up to make BIG CHANGE!

Qualifying organizations are invited to submit an application to the Operation Round Up Foundation. The Foundation Board will review grant requests and administer the funds, based on the merit of each grant application and available funds.

September co-op connections deals

Your Pets Are Family. Keep Them Healthy with Co-op Connections!

With Healthy Paws Pet Insurance and Foundation, you can give your pet the best medical care possible. Our top-rated pet insurance plan covers everything that matters, including accidents, illnesses, cancer, emergency care, genetic conditions, and alternative care.

  • No caps on annual or lifetime payouts
  • Speedy claim payments
  • Use any licensed vet

Co-op Connections members receive 10 percent off regular rates.

Add Your Local Business

Local businesses are invited to join the Co-op Connections program! Click the link below. It is simple and free!

ENERGY savings TIPs

Energy tip

Energy used for cooling and heating your home makes up the largest portion of your monthly energy bills. By combining regular equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bills while helping our environment.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Recipe of the Month

Submit your original recipes to vjolley@cgemc.com. Published recipes receive a $20 bill credit!

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It's free and easy to use! Download the CGEMC Mobile App today!

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