Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | April 2020

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.

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.

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.

CGEMC Opens Up WiFi for Public Use

Central Georgia EMC has opened public WiFi access outside of its headquarters building at 923 South Mulberry Street in Jackson. Internet users can park in the customer parking lot (on the side of the building nearest downtown Jackson), remain in their cars, and complete essential work on the internet. There is no password required and the free service is available 24/7.

“We want to do our part to ensure that our students have adequate internet access to download the resources needed for digital learning days,” said President/CEO George L. Weaver.

As with all public WiFi connections, users are encouraged to exercise caution when transmitting personal information across an unsecured internet connection. To better ensure public safety, CGEMC utilizes video surveillance to monitor parking lots and facilities. Additionally, CGEMC extends special thanks to Mayor Kay Pippin for having the City of Jackson Police Department regularly patrol this area for added safety.

The Public Service Commission’s Winter Residential Survey annually ranks all 94 electric providers in Georgia. We are proud to announce that Central Georgia EMC (CGEMC) is yet again ranked among the three lowest-cost providers at both the 1,500 kilowatt-hour (kWh) and 2,000 kWh levels! Our average consumer uses about 1,500 kWh per month.

Keeping up with the weather this winter was a challenge our dedicated team at CGEMC took to heart. We constantly analyze our members' power needs with the goal of keeping rates as low as possible without sacrificing reliability.

CGEMC members spent less on energy use than 97 percent of the state! At the 1,500 kWh level, that’s a savings of more than $432 per year when compared to the state average.

We work hard so you can enjoy more of your hard-earned income. You may rest assured that we have your best interest at heart when it comes to providing reliable, affordable energy.

heading to washington!

Our 2020 Washington Youth Tour delegates are excited to represent CGEMC! Member Engagement Coordinator Christy Chewning surprised the winners with flowers and the good news at their schools. Krupa Patel, of Jackson High School, and Katherine Nix, of Ola High School, rose to the top during the intensive interview process. Their academic prowess, fun personalities, and leadership qualities will shine during the Youth Tour. Congratulations to these wonderful young ladies!

Krupa, daughter of Alka and Dipakkumar Patel of Jackson, is a member of the Health Occupation Safety Association (HOSA), Beta Club, Key Club, Leo Club, National Honors Society, Chick-fil-a Leader Academy, and The Society of Torch & Laurel. Krupa is class president and the manager for the Volleyball and Soccer teams, and is a member of the Golf team. Additionally, she volunteers with Best Buddies and Special Olympics. Krupa plans to pursue a career in healthcare.

Katherine, daughter of Angela and Bryan Nix of Locust Grove, is a member of the Health Occupation Safety Association (HOSA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY). Katherine is a member of the Ola High School Tennis Team. Additionally, she has volunteered at community 5K races and softball tournament fundraisers. Katherine plans to pursue a career in healthcare.

Sheep and SOLAR

Cooperative Solar block sales are on the rise! The longer days of spring provide longer production hours, and our solar field additions offer increased reliability. Cooperative Solar allows you to reap the benefits of clean energy by adding affordable and renewable solar power to your monthly energy mix. Even renters can participate!

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!

Just for fun, enjoy learning more about the innovative way that our solar partner, Silicon Ranch, maintains their solar fields with flocks of sheep . Fun fact: sheep were chosen over goats because they do not jump on top of the solar panels.

Unclaimed capital credit checks

CGEMC is a not-for-profit organization. This means any excess revenue, after covering operating costs, is returned to our customer-owners in the form of a capital credit check (based on each customer-owner’s energy use).

In December 2019, CGEMC issued capital credit refund checks. However, some of the refund checks issued were returned by the U.S. Postal Service as “undeliverable.” A list of the names of these customer-owners can be found by visiting our website, or by viewing the list at our corporate office, located at 923 S. Mulberry St., Jackson, GA 30233.

Visit our website for the list of unclaimed property from outstanding credit balances with CGEMC. If you know any of these people listed below or their heirs, please have them contact our office during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877.

Proud to power your life with a smile! #thankalineworker

Lineworkers serve on the front lines of our nation’s energy needs, and on April 13, 2020, Central Georgia EMC, along with other electric cooperatives across the country, will honor the brave men and women who work hard to keep the lights on.

Line crews work around the clock, sometimes in difficult and dangerous conditions, to keep power flowing to our residents. Whether they’re restoring power after a major storm or maintaining critical infrastructure to our electric system, lineworkers are at the heart of our cooperative. A service-oriented mentality is one of the many admirable characteristics of an electric lineworker.

Central Georgia EMC is proud to honor the 33 lineworkers who maintain more than 5,200 miles of power lines in our service territory.

We invite all co-op members to take a moment to thank a lineworker for the important work they do. On April 13, you can use #ThankALineworker on social media to show your support for the brave men and women who power our lives.

cooperative solar is now green-e certified!

We are excited to announce that our Cooperative Solar program is now Green-e Energy certified! CGEMC and our partner in clean energy, Green Power EMC, now offer you two environmentally friendly, renewable energy options!

Our highly popular Cooperative Solar program allows you to enjoy the benefits of renewable solar energy without the hassles of panel ownership. For $19 per month, you can add a 1 kW block of solar production to your energy portfolio. No contracts. No hidden fees. No equipment to maintain.

CGEMC customer-owners also have the option to include biomass, or landfill gas, to their energy mix. Biomass creates energy from waste and removes dangerous methane gas from the environment during the process. CGEMC offers 150 kWh blocks of biomass energy for only $4.50 per month.

You can rest easy knowing our clean energy programs are Green-e Energy Certified by the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). Green-e Energy certification and verification of a renewable energy program is essential so that you can be confident the renewable energy you purchase meets the highest standards.

April is National Safe Digging Month. According to consumer behavior trends, April marks the beginning of the peak period for outdoor digging projects in Georgia and nationwide.

When should someone contact 811? Do-it-yourselfers and contractors should reach 811 at least two business days before ANY digging project. A few common examples include but are not limited to:

  • Putting in a fence
  • Planting trees or shrubbery
  • Installing a sprinkler system
  • Pool installation
  • Installing a mailbox
  • Grading, boring, or trenching

New retirees

Congratulations to Barbara Bagley and Celida Spencer! Both of these wonderful CGEMC employees retired during the month of March. We wish them all of the best in retirement, but will miss them tremendously!

Welcome to the team

CGEMC is happy to introduce our newest crew member, Alex Martin!

ditch the pump!

The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is growing rapidly. There are so many affordable models and speedy charging stations at local spots to make "fueling up" a breeze.

EVs are great for the environment! Consumers who drive an average of 12,000 miles per year see about $700 in gasoline savings!

Are you a proud owner of an EV or considering purchasing one in 2020? We would love to hear from you! Please send an email to marketing@cgemc.com and share your experience with ditching the pump!

In March, a total of $27,713 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

Warm Weather Savings!

Warmer weather means more time outside. Take advantage of these great deals to prep your outdoor living space.

Brown’s Turf & Pest Solutions - $25 off first mosquito treatment; free consultation for all other services. 404-925-9313

Classic Landscapes Inc. - Free landscape lighting design with any purchase of a system up to 5 acres. 678-481-3717

Mosquito Joe of East Atlanta-Athens -$25 off first treatment. 770-872-7879

Mosquito Joe of Macon - $25 off first treatment. 478-845-2046

The Original Bite Back Mosquito Larva Trap - 10% off online purchase. 404-975-8245

Waterworks Pressure Cleaning - 10% off all services. 678-408-1338

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

This spring, consider using a rain barrel to save energy. Rain barrels capture rainwater from a roof that can be used later for watering your lawn, garden, or indoor plants.

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


Recipe of the Month

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