Amicalola EMC continues to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by taking steps to protect employees and members, while maintaining reliable and affordable electric service.
In an effort to ease the stress and financial burden for our members, we have extended the suspension of disconnection of service due to nonpayment through April 30, 2020. No late fees will be accrued during this time.
It is important to note, these disconnect suspensions are not bill waivers. For those members who cannot pay the full balance of their bill, Amicalola EMC stands ready to work with members on deferred payment plans to ease the transition once the pandemic has passed.
The Amicalola EMC scholarship finalists (seniors) received letters earlier this spring, inviting them to the youth awards banquet (originally scheduled for March 26). Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related health concerns, the banquet was canceled. We hope to reschedule the banquet later in the school year. In the event we cannot reschedule, all finalists will be mailed a letter later this summer on how to claim the scholarship. These scholarships will be mailed directly to colleges but cannot be processed until after September 1. In addition, eight juniors were selected as Washington Youth Tour finalists. You will be notified in the coming weeks of your status and related scholarship awards. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-253-5287.
March 25, 2020 We continue to monitor the threat and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective immediately, we are extending our policy of no disconnections of service due to non payment through April 13, 2020. In addition, no late fees will be added to accounts. We continue to operate our drive thru facilities at all three districts during normal business hours. We remind our members there are various digital resources available, such as online bill pay, automated bill pay through our telephone system, and credit card/bank draft. You may contact us through email at email@example.com or by telephone at 706-253-5200. We urge everyone to follow the CDC guidelines on hand hygiene, etc. and to comply with local directives on sheltering in place, social distancing, etc. As always, we stand ready to address any power outages should they occur. We remain focused on the health and well-being of our members, our employees and our communities. More information on COVID-19 may be found at www.cdc.gov.
(Jasper, GA – March 16, 2020) Amicalola EMC continues to monitor the threat of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We remain focused on the health, safety and well-being of our members, our employees and the communities we serve.
Amicalola EMC has taken steps to lessen the impact by limiting public access to the office lobby in all locations effective today, March 16 for a period of up to two weeks. We have also limited access to other areas of our facilities, but are allowing deliveries of supplies and materials that are required to perform normal business operations.
During this two week period, all disconnections of service due to nonpayment have been suspended. In addition, no late fees will be added to accounts. “At Amicalola EMC, we realize how much our members depend upon electricity and the vital role that electricity plays. We also realize the financial burden and stress that preparing for a situation like this can cause. We believe we are doing our part to help ease that burden by taking these steps”, says Todd Payne, President & CEO.
“We urge our members to take advantage of the digital resources we offer like online bill pay. More information may be found on our website and our Facebook page. We are focused on the needs of our members and, as always, we stand ready to address any power interruptions that may occur” adds Payne. Employees of the electric cooperative have been urged to take steps to stay healthy by following CDC protocol on hand hygiene and other directives. Members may obtain information on ways to stay healthy by visiting www.cdc.gov.
Amicalola EMC lobby to close effective Monday, March 16, 2020 for up to 2 weeks. In an effort to slow down the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and at the guidance of public health officials, our lobby will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 for a period of up to two weeks. During this period, we are suspending disconnections of service for nonpayment. Our drive through will remain open during normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Our night deposit will continue to operate as usual.
Other than the lobby closings, we will proceed with normal business operations.
Bill payment – pay your bill using one of the following options
• credit card draft or bank draft (pick up form at drive through, or call to request one to be emailed or sent by mail)
• website customer portal at www.amicalolaemc.com
• automated telephone system at 706-253-5200
• mobile app (download on the app store or through Google Play)
• in person at the drive through
New account activation – Applications for service are available:
• online at www.amicalolaemc.com
• in person at the drive through
• by email – send request to firstname.lastname@example.org or request by phone 706-253-5200
• by regular mail – send request to email@example.com or request by phone 706-253-5200
Any other routine account inquiries may be made by phone 706-253-5200, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the drive through.
Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain a healthy workforce to keep the lights on and provide you with excellent customer service.
As you know, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed the first death from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia.
For the safety and well-being of our area students and their families, our staff, board of directors and the general public we have made the decision to postpone the 2020 youth awards banquet that was originally scheduled to be held next Thursday, March 19. Our plan is to reschedule the event at some point in the near future, once the health threat has passed.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information on ways to keep you and your family healthy, please visit www.cdc.gov.
Early voting in Georgia began this week on March 2. There are four more important dates related to voting in Georgia.
• March 24 – Georgia Presidential Primary
• May 19 – General primary election for local, state and federal offices
• October 5 – Deadline to register to vote in the upcoming general election
• November 3 – 2020 General Election
Why is voting important? If you miss the chance to vote, you lose the opportunity to communicate your concern to our leaders about the issues that matter to you, where you work, live, and raise your family. Amicalola EMC will once again be part of NRECA’s Co-Ops Vote initiative. This non-partisan program is designed to unite the 42 million co-op members across the nation to ensure that electric co-ops are a powerful voice on national issues that have a local impact. Mark your calendars and make sure your voice is heard.
Amicalola EMC experienced widespread scattered power outages on Saturday, Feb. 8 in nine of the ten counties served by the electric cooperative, primarily caused by trees and tree limbs on power lines due to the weight of snow accumulation. There were a total 1467 members who experienced a power outage. Pickens County had a total of 76 members without power during this time. In addition, Gilmer County (793 members out) and Lumpkin County (478 members out) experienced the highest number of consumers without power. Two broken poles had to be replaced in Gilmer County.
Amicalola EMC line crew members worked throughout the outage, as well as two contract crews that were called in to assist in power restoration. We appreciate the patience of our members.
Energy efficiency upgrades don’t always require a great deal of time and money. While many do, here are three DIY projects that are inexpensive yet can save you money throughout the year.
- Trim dryer vent – If your dryer vent hose is too long, your dryer is working harder than it has to. The vent hose should be long enough for you to pull the dryer out a couple feet from the wall, but the shape of the hose should form a line – it should not have a lot of slack, with twists and curves. A shorter, unobstructed vent hose increases the efficiency of your dryer, dries clothing faster and reduces lint buildup, which can create potential fire hazards.
- Seal air leaks – Sealing air leaks in your home can help you save up to 10% on heating and cooling bills. Apply caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing to seal in conditioned air. You should also weather strip exterior doors, which can keep out drafts and help you control energy costs. Types of caulking and weather stripping materials vary, but ask your local hardware or home store for assistance if you’re unsure about the supplies you need. The Department of Energy provides step-by-step instructions for caulking and weather stripping: https://bit.ly/2Kesu6W
- Insulate Attic Stairs Opening – A properly insulated attic is one of the best ways to optimize energy savings and comfort in your home, but many homeowners don’t consider insulating the attic stairs, or the opening to your attic space. Even a well-insulated attic can leak air through the stair opening, but luckily, there’s an easy fix. An insulated cover box can seal and insulate the opening. You can build your own cover box or purchase a pre-built box or kit from a local home store. If you decide to build your own, check out these step-by-step instructions from the Department of Energy: https://bit.ly/36YNCYQ
Saving energy doesn’t have to be hard. With a little time and effort, you can maximize energy savings and increase the comfort of your home.