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Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | June 2020

The Last Fifty ... The Next Fifty

Though I worked as a part-time summer student in the late 1960s, employee records indicate June 8, 1970 as my official start date with Central Georgia EMC. This month, I am honored to celebrate 50 years of serving the customer-owners of this organization while working with a remarkable group of employees at CGEMC.

In 1970, Central Georgia EMC was just 33 years into existence, serving 11,000 meters with 38 employees. Customers read their own meters, and CGEMC supervisors insisted on manually validating the calculations of our first computers.

The 1970s brought significant change to the electric utility industry. The U.S. oil embargo drove interest rates upward and Georgia Power to the brink of bankruptcy. These events led to the formation of what we know today as Oglethorpe Power and Georgia Transmission Corporation, the generation and transmission cooperatives owned by most of Georgia’s EMCs.

In 1982, I became General Manager (later changed to President/CEO) of CGEMC. Wholesale power costs were high, and system losses were nearly 10%. The first bucket truck was purchased to improve construction efficiency. CGEMC embarked on the largest project in organizational history in 1988 – converting system voltage from 12.5 to 25 kV. This project lasted for the next 20+ years.

The 1990s brought the dot-com explosion and the start of unprecedented growth to the CGEMC service area. As our meter count grew, energy sales doubled over the next decade. We joined Cooperative Energy Inc. (a power supply cooperative) in 1999 to have more control over wholesale power planning and purchases.

To accommodate the rapid growth that continued through most of the 2000s, CGEMC transitioned to digital mapping and staking programs, and we implemented Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology. We upgraded SCADA systems for enhanced device controls, and our first Outage Management System (OMS) was installed in 2006 to expedite restoration efforts. That same year, CGEMC created The Central Georgia EMC Foundation to benefit non-profits in the communities we serve. The housing crisis of 2008 slowed system growth but provided an opportunity for additional technological advancements, such as prepaid metering.

In 2013, CGEMC became the wholesale electric supplier for the City of Hampton and continues to provide this service today. 2014 marked the birth of our Fault Location Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR) system, which reduced annual consumer outage time by nearly half. 2016 was very busy as we began a transition to LED outdoor lighting, commenced implementation of a second-generation Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system, migrated to a system control center, and announced an alliance with EMC Security to expand our ancillary services portfolio. Results from these implementations included national recognition as an industry leader in the use of technology, drastic reductions in system loss, significant improvements in reliability, and thousands of truck rolls saved on an annual basis.

All of that brings us to 2020, where we proudly serve over 58,000 consumers with 99 employees, comprising the most efficient electric cooperative workforce in all of Georgia. For eight consecutive years, CGEMC has ranked among the three lowest-cost electric providers in all of Georgia. We have established and maintained this position through the guidance of a driven board of directors, the hard work of many employees, and use of the latest technologies.

I am very proud to continue serving the customer-owners of Central Georgia EMC after 50 years of employment and an abundance of change. What I can forecast for the next 50 years is even more change as we enter a future filled with electric vehicles, distributed generation, and wireless technology. Regardless of what changes the future may hold for CGEMC, rest assured that we are committed to providing you with the most reliable electric service at the lowest practicable cost.

On a closer horizon, we have some exciting news to reveal within the next few months. Please stay engaged with us so you don’t miss out. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as President/CEO of your cooperative and for 50 years of wonderful memories.

- George L. Weaver, President/CEO

responding to covid-19

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disrupting much of our daily lives, Central Georgia EMC wants to assure the communities we serve that we are continuing our operations throughout the duration of this public health crisis. As stewards of critical infrastructure, we have a detailed plan to ensure the services you rely on are provided at the highest level during these troubling times.

While many are working remotely to ensure their safety, our employees are still available by phone and email 24-hours a day to address your needs as they arise. Members can expect to receive the same high-quality service and quick response time that they always have from CGEMC.

We have implemented additional safety measures in our lobby for your safety and that of our employees.

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Our lobby is open to receive walk-in traffic; however, we strongly encourage members to utilize remote payment options in an effort to minimize person-to-person contact during this time. If you do find that you need to enter our Jackson Headquarters, please rest assured that we are sanitizing all public spaces and payment kiosks routinely throughout the day.

We understand that this is a stressful and uncertain time for many of our members. As a member-focused cooperative, we have always worked directly with those facing tough financial situations and we will continue to do so throughout this crisis. If you find that you are unable to pay your bill due to COVID-19 or another unforeseen circumstance, please be proactive and contact our office before your due date to discuss payment arrangements.

We are here to help! #EverythingInOurPower

Please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, as well as local, state, and national mandates for mitigation of the coronavirus. Also be aware of phishing scams offering health advice or threatening you if you do not pay your bill. As always, the safety of members, employees, and the communities we serve is our highest priority.

be alert to potential scams

co-op kids

Our mini members make the BEST energy explorers! We have downloadable resources that are fun and free!

Powering the future

We are excited to announce our 2020 CGEMC Scholarship winners! Kalyn McMichael, of Jasper County, and Keiyana White, of Butts County, will each receive a $500 scholarship to help fund their college plans.

Kalyn McMichael, daughter of Greg and Becky McMichael, is a 2020 graduate of Jasper County High School. Ranked in the top five percent of her class, Kalyn served as the Vice President of Recruitment for Family Career and Community Leaders of America and the Vice President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was also a member of the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and the National Technical Honor Society. Kalyn plans to attend Georgia College and State University to pursue a teaching career.

Keiyana White, daughter of Angela Johnson, is a 2020 graduate and the Salutatorian of Jackson High School. She served on the State Superintendent Student Advisory Board and was a member of the LEO Club, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and the National Honor Society. Keiyana was active in volleyball, tennis, and cheerleading. After college, Keiyana wants to be a scientist.

save the date

2020 Annual Meeting of Members

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 10 AM

CGEMC Annex - 1083 S. Mulberry Street, Jackson

New substation enhances reliability

CGEMC has completed construction on the new Hastings substation. This substation is now online and will support growth and reliability in Clayton County.

CGEMC & AMAZON

Part of our commitment to you, as a customer-owner, is helping you receive the most from your energy dollars.

CGEMC is happy to have partnered with Amazon to suggest great energy-saving options for your home!

Looking for a smart home device? PEV charger? DIY energy efficiency products? Visit the CGEMC Amazon Store to shop for Adam's suggested products.

notice of capital credit assignments

Central Georgia EMC (CGEMC) announces that the capital credit assignment for 2019 is 12.07 percent. In an electric cooperative structure such as CGEMC, each dollar paid in excess of the cost of providing service is an investment in CGEMC by its customer-owners.

At the end of the year, after all expenses are paid, any remaining funds are assigned to customer-owners’ accounts. CGEMC’s margins are used as capital until they can be returned through a general refund without impairing the cooperative’s financial condition.

Your capital credit assignment is calculated by multiplying your total electric bill for the year, minus the sales tax and any miscellaneous charges times the 12.07 percent. For example:

  • If your annual bill totaled: $150 x .1207, your assignment is: $18.11
  • If your annual bill totaled: $300 x .1207, your assignment is: $36.21
  • If your annual bill totaled: $500 x .1207, your assignment is: $60.35
  • If your annual bill totaled: $1,000 x .1207, your assignment is: $120.70

Note: Assignments do not include Central Georgia EMC large power accounts.

Capital credits explained

Holiday Closing

The Central Georgia EMC office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020. 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.

Cooperative Solar Blocks are Selling Fast!

Because our Cooperative Solar blocks have been in such high demand, CGEMC has expanded our solar energy portfolio to include solar fields across the state. This expansion comes with an increase in capacity, enhanced performance reliability, and no waiting list!

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

In May, a total of $13,800 was awarded by the Central Georgia EMC Foundation to non-profit organizations in our service 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!

Co-op Connections Card

Welcome to our newest local Co-op Connections partners!

Chef and Moore, LLC. - 15% off on all catering services of $2,500 or greater. 770-573-0357

Griffin Jewelers, Inc. - $20 off purchase of $100 or more. 1424 N. Expressway, Suite 134, Griffin. 770-227-1157

Jojo's Plumbing and Drain Cleaning - 10% discount on services. 678-638-9750

Rutabaga's Market and Cafe - $30 Meal Deal (to-go or curbside only.) 1 Cherry Street, Hampton. 470-878-6000

Starfire Automatic Gates & Security - 10% off all automatic gate service. 770-504-7827

Twisted Steel Jewelry - $10 off first purchase of $50 or more. 1424 N. Expressway, Suite 134, Griffin. 770-227-1157

*Deals are subject to change.

Are you a local business who would like to be included in Co-op Connections? Click the link below. It is simple and free!

ENERGY savings TIPs

Energy tip

Home cooling makes up a large portion of your energy bills. Try to keep the difference between the temperature of your thermostat setting and the outside temperature to a minimum. The smaller the difference, the more energy you save.

Four More Ways to Save!

Looking for more ways to save? Visit energy.gov.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

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!

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