Operation Round-Up keeps on putting your pennies to good use. $29,910 was donated to needy individuals and qualifying organizations for the third quarter of 2013. Total donations since the program began in 1999 have now reached $1.7 million, one penny at a time!
The BRIGHT IDEAS teacher grant awards are in full swing. Winning teachers are being surprised with checks all across the Amicalola EMC service area. 76 teachers at 27 public and private schools are being awarded grants for a total of $51,176 during October. Funding is in compliance with Georgia’s unclaimed property laws.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing new rules limiting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of coal and natural gas based power plants. Amicalola EMC and other electric cooperatives rely heavily on coal for generation. For example, coal made up 29% of our generation mix for 2012, along with hydro, nuclear, natural gas, some renewable and solar.
Coal is plentiful and affordable in the southeast. Any regulation that does not include coal in the generation mix will result in an increase in the cost of generation, thus resulting in an increase to you and all our members.
NRECA, Georgia EMC, Amicalola EMC and all electric cooperatives strongly oppose the new rules and believe they should be withdrawn. Please join our effort at www.Action.coop and urge the EPA to work with the electric cooperatives to find a common sense solution that balances energy needs and environmental concerns.
Don’t fall victim to utility worker scams. Be cautious and ask questions. Keep in mind that Amicalola EMC employees come to your location in an Amicalola EMC vehicle. Contractors working for Amicalola EMC will be driving their company truck but they carry a photo ID card provided by Amicalola EMC. Remember, if there’s ever a question about whether you’re dealing with an Amicalola EMC employee, or a contractor for Amicalola EMC, contact our office at 706-253-5200 to confirm.
The 2013 Nominating Committee met on July 02, 2013, and prepared a list of nominations for election of three directors at the Annual Meeting to be held on October 5, 2013.
Nominated for directors to be elected by a vote of the members at the Annual Meeting are James H. Bryan, representing Post #4 (Pickens/Gordon Counties); Kathy Burt, representing Post #7 (Dawson/Forsyth Counties); Leon Davis, representing Post #9 (Lumpkin County).
Other nominations may be made by Nomination by Petition of 15 or more members. A Nomination by Petition must be made within 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting. For more information, you may call the headquarters office in Jasper, 706/253-5200.
Amicalola EMC has a special opportunity for local business owners!
Do you own a business within the Amicalola EMC service area that offers a unique product or service? If so, would you like to see your business featured in the Amicalola EMC newsletter, The Beacon, during 2013? Nominations are now being accepted and may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the business name, street address, phone number and type of business.
For a member wishing to claim the GATE exemption:
• You must obtain a GATE certificate from the Department of Agriculture. Click here for the GATE program website.
• Complete the GATE Addendum form provided by the DOR listing all service addresses, eligible meters numbers, and account numbers. To download the GATE addendum form, please click here.
For a member wishing to claim the energy in manufacturing exemption:
• You must obtain a ST-5M form from DOR. Click here to download.
• Complete the ST-5M Addendum form provided by DOR listing service addresses and eligible account numbers. To download the energy exemption addendum form, please click here.
For tips on cooling off your summer electric bill see the Beacon, inside the June issue of Georgia Magazine
Important! Your Amicalola EMC account number has changed. Due to a system upgrade an extra zero has been added to your account number in the third position from the right.