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Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | August 2021

broader Horizons

President John F. Kennedy once said that the problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. Our priorities at Central Georgia EMC (CGEMC) include staying in tune with the current and future needs of our members by focusing on broader horizons.

For the ninth consecutive year, CGEMC ranked among the three lowest cost electric providers in all of Georgia… but we didn’t stop there. We worked diligently to secure low-cost, reliable, low/no-carbon resources for decades to come.

We celebrated the first anniversary of our natural gas subsidiary, Fuel Georgia, which is now delivering service in 35 counties across the state. Fuel Georgia was created to offer affordable natural gas while helping offset electric operating expenses for our members.

Our electric vehicle (EV) fleet continued to expand, further lowering operating costs, providing valuable knowledge and experience to share as you navigate the broader horizon of technological change. We are working with EMCs across the state to evaluate and influence EV charging infrastructure now and into the future.

Plans were announced and construction has begun on a system-wide, fiber-to-the-home network, ensuring all members of CGEMC will have access to affordable gigabit-speed broadband service. Our partnership with Conexon Connect will have a positive impact for years to come.

Our commitment to you is staying focused on broader horizons, while also remaining loyal to our core mission of providing the highest-quality services at the lowest practicable cost.

- George L. Weaver, President/CEO

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.

"greener" horizons with cleaner energy

The landscape of energy is changing. Sustainability and environmental concerns have the power to drive future means of energy production. The power mix that CGEMC delivers is carefully balanced to provide affordability, reliability, and sustainability.

We strive to offer our eco-focused members new ways to adopt clean energy solutions, such as solar and biomass. In partnership with Green Power EMC, the Cooperative Solar Program harnesses solar power without the expense of installing and maintaining panels on your home. A 1-kilowatt block of solar energy is only $19 a month, and participants are credited for the kilowatt-hours generated by each of their block(s).

CGEMC's environmentally friendly Green Power Program turns landfill waste into energy and removes harmful methane gas from the environment in the process. Participants can add 150-kilowatt blocks of Green Power for only $4.50 per month.

As a member of CGEMC, we value your input and invite you to join in the discussion regarding sustainable options that interest you. With your help, we can continue to expand our sustainable, renewable, clean energy options.

CGEMC Happenings

New Retirees

Teresa McReynolds and Brad Earnhart stepped into their new roles as "Official Retirees" of CGEMC. Teresa plans to spend quality time with her friends and family. Brad plans to tackle some remodeling projects. We will miss them at CGEMC, and we wish them all the best!

we ♥ our retirees!

CGEMC was honored to host its retired employees for a special brunch. It was great to see so many familiar faces!

broadband update

Hut! hut! fiber is on its way!

Connect, Powered by Central Georgia EMC, has reached a key milestone! Fiber huts have been set at the Forsyth and Smarr substations in Monroe County.

Installing fiber huts is an important first step in the process of bringing fiber to the home, as they house and protect the equipment that lights the fiber network. This step prepares the area to eventually distribute the fiber to every member and business of the Forsyth and Smarr substations.

Connect, Powered by Central Georgia EMC, high-speed internet service will be available in late fall to areas of Monroe County, including Juliette Commons, Forsyth Landing, Adamsville Park, Chriswood, and Bellewood.

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.

partners in literacy

For the sixth year in a row, the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture and the Georgia EMC are jointly promoting agricultural literacy by donating copies of a children’s book to the more than 400 libraries in the Georgia Public Library Service. Member Engagement Coordinator, Christy Chewning, attended the book presentations in each of the counties that we serve.

Tales of the Dairy Godmother: Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish is written by Viola Butler and illustrated by Ward Jenkins. With the help of his Dairy Godmother, Chuck is taken on a memorable and delicious adventure to a dairy farm. He finds out exactly where ice cream comes from and gains an even deeper love and appreciation for his favorite food.

levelized Billing

Nobody likes a surprise when it comes to their electric bill. That's why we offer Levelized Billing.

Our Levelized Billing Plan is available to all residential customers who have a good payment record. The monthly levelized bill is a rolling average amount based on actual use for the current month and the previous eleven months.

The bill amount will vary slightly to reflect changes in monthly usage. The convenience of a level monthly payment allows you to better plan your monthly budget.

If you think a Levelized Billing Plan might be right for you, contact us, and a customer representative will be glad to assist you. 770-775-7857.

Nondiscrimination Statement

CGEMC is the recipient of federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and in accordance with federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible agency or the USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-program-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your form or letter by:

  1. Mail: USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: 202-690-7442
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Pursuant to Executive Order 10925, as amended on June 22, 1963, by Executive Order 1114, and Executive Order 11246 of September 24, 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11375 of October 13, 1967, issued by the president, it is established policy that CGEMC is an equal opportunity employer and that employment opportunities created by construction work involving federal financial assistance through RUS loans will be made equally available to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, veteran status, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristic.

In July, the Central Georgia EMC Foundation awarded $16,254 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.

ENERGY savings TIPs

Energy tip

When shopping for new lightbulbs, know the difference between lumens and watts. Lumens measure light produced by the bulb. Watts measure energy consumption. Energy-saving LEDs come in a variety of colors and brightness levels and last 15-25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Fuel Georgia 1¢ Deal! 

We are welcoming new Variable Rate and 12-Month Fixed Rate customers with a special introductory rate of 1¢ per therm* for the first month of service.

*Offer expires on August 19, 2021.

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