Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | March 2021

Broadband for all

Electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) were created in the early 1930s to bring electricity to unserved rural America. These community-owned organizations changed the landscape of our national economy and affected the futures of millions of Americans. Today, EMCs have the unique opportunity to once again answer the call from underserved America – an opportunity to bridge the digital divide through high-speed internet expansion.

Central Georgia EMC has announced plans to build a system-wide fiber to the home network. The cooperative has also formed a new partnership with Conexon. Conexon works exclusively with electric cooperatives to serve 100 percent of co-op members with fiber broadband. CGEMC will own the fiber network and Conexon will deliver retail broadband service through its internet service provider subsidiary, Connect.

It took an intense two-year search to find the right broadband partner,” says CGEMC President/CEO, George Weaver. “Conexon’s commitment to making high-speed broadband available to every CGEMC consumer was critical in the decision-making process.”

Connect will provide lightning fast, symmetrical internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second, with no data limits or throttling.

It will likely take four years to complete the fiber network construction throughout CGEMC's 14-county service territory. However, we hope to see the first Connect customers online, starting in Monroe County, as early as this summer. All federal, state, and local funding efforts are critical to sustaining an aggressive deployment schedule.

Appointments are required. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment. Enter sponsor code: GAEMC

Presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt and complimentary COVID-19 antibody testing.

Donor Tips:

  • Eat iron-rich meals and drink plenty of water ahead of time.
  • Don't forget your picture ID.

Go paperless!

Ditch the paper and make the move to CGEMC E-Bill to receive a $5 bill credit on your account!*

With E-Bill, our convenient paperless billing solution, you receive your electric bill by email. Payments can still be made by your preferred method, online or by check, by kiosk or in person.

There is no additional charge to sign up for paperless billing, and you may opt out at any time.

*Limit one bill credit per member number. One time only. Offer is valid through March 31, 2021.

Unclaimed Capital credit checks

In compliance with O.C.G.A. § 44-12-236 of the Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act, CGEMC is attempting to locate former customer-owners whose capital credit checks were issued in 2015, but have been returned by the U.S. Postal Service as “undeliverable” or have otherwise been unclaimed.

A list indicating the names of these former customer-owners can be found by visiting our website, www.cgemc.com, or by viewing the list at our office, located at 923 S. Mulberry St., Jackson, GA 30233. If you know the correct address of these individuals or have any helpful information, please contact our office, or notify the person to contact CGEMC before August 27, 2021 by calling 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877. If not claimed by August 27, 2021, the funds will be designated for charitable uses as permitted by O.C.G.A. § 44-12-236.

Unclaimed property

Visit our website for the list of unclaimed property from outstanding credit balances with CGEMC as of June 30, 2016. If you know any of these people listed 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. Unclaimed property will be sent to the state of Georgia.

Paying Your Electric Bill Can Be as Simple as Keeping Your Gas Tank Filled

  • Would it be easier for you to make daily, weekly, or bimonthly payments rather than one payment each month?
  • Would you like to avoid paying past-due fees or a deposit?
  • Would it be more convenient for you to pay when you can, instead of meeting a set due date?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” Central Georgia EMC’s Prepaid Metering Program may be right for you!

Once you make your initial payment, you can deposit as much money as you wish into your Prepaid Metering account, and we will supply you with electricity. Think of your account balance like your car’s gas tank. As you use power, your account balance goes down. down. You can purchase smaller amounts of “fuel” every few days, or fill up the tank! You decide what works best for your budget.

Data shows CGEMC Prepaid Metering consumers use around five percent less energy than other residential consumers!

You can buy more power by adding money to your account anytime by going to www.cgemc.com, using our 24-hour automated phone service, or by visiting our 24-hour kiosk in Jackson, GA. Track your usage and account balance online or download the CGEMC mobile app.

Holiday Closing

The Central Georgia EMC office will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021. 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. Systems operators are on duty to assist you.

System Inspections

CGEMC has contracted with Cappstone Energy Group LLC to perform system inspections in the Monroe County area. Cappstone Energy Group LLC technicians will have signs on their vehicles (pickup trucks and UTVs) identifying them as CGEMC contractors. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact CGEMC at 770-775-7857.

Embrace Solar and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in 2021

Cooperative Solar provides the opportunity to commit to a smaller carbon footprint without installing or maintaining any solar system equipment.

Additionally, we've expanded our Cooperative Solar program to include fields across the state. This growth comes with an increase in capacity, enhanced performance reliability, and no waiting list!

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

In February, the Central Georgia EMC Foundation awarded $15,815 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.

MARCH co-op connections deals*

Put a Spring in Your Step with Healthy Savings from Co-op Connections!

CGEMC members can save on a variety of health care products and services with the Co-op Connections card.

Save on:

  • Pharmacy
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Diabetic Supplies
  • Hearing Aids
  • Chiropractic
  • Lab Testing
  • MRI and CT Scans

Make sure you are getting the best value on your medications with "Prescription Price Search." This feature will compare real prescription prices near you.

Pharmacy discounts are NOT insurance, and are not intended as a substitute for insurance. Pharmacy discounts range from 10% to 85% on most medications.

We’re excited to provide you with this exclusive, free membership that has countless benefits. You can access Co-op Connections directly from the CGEMC website at www.cgemc.com.

*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

Don’t keep your refrigerator too cold. The Department of Energy recommends a temperature setting of 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit for the fresh food compartment and zero degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer. Make sure the refrigerator doors are sealed airtight to maximize efficiency.


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

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