EMC NEWS & UPDATES
TRUCKS FOR SALE
OPERATION ROUND UP
Altamaha EMC is accepting sealed bids for the following vehicles: 2009 Chevrolet Silverado with 165,922 miles.
Minimum bid of $4,000.00 2008 Dodge Ram with 98,224 miles.
Minimum bid of $5,500.00 Bids will be accepted until 5:00 PM Friday, July 14th, 2017.
Only Altamaha EMC members are allowed to submit a bid.
The trucks are available for your inspection at our office on Hwy 280 in Lyons. Viewing hours are Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. The trucks
will be sold on an as-is basis. All bids must include name, address and telephone number. Bids can be dropped off at our Lyons office or mailed to: PO Box 346, Lyons, GA 30436 (Attn: Joe Waters).
For more information, contact Joe Waters at 912-526-2168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On August 1, 2017, Altamaha EMC will join the nationwide Operation Round Up program. Operation Round Up is an innovative program that provides funding for various charitable organizations in our own community. Through Operation Round Up, the Altamaha EMC Foundation will be able to assist with charitable needs within our service territory. Through Operation Round Up, participating members will allow Altamaha EMC to "round up" their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar amount.
The board of directors, management and staff at Altamaha EMC make
every effort to provide our members with
reliable electricity at the most affordable price possible. Many factors
come into play when calculating the cost of the electricity you use
every day. Despite our best efforts, the costs associated with
generating and distributing electricity continue to increase.
Altamaha EMC obtains the electric energy we provide to you from several sources. Some power is provided from several different generating plants that we jointly own with other utilities in the state. In recent years, the increase in electrical demand in Georgia has required the construction of new and additional generating plants. Regulatory issues have required the installation of pollution control equipment on existing fossil fuel plants.
Altamaha EMC's direct distribution costs have increased over the past five years. We are paying more for copper, aluminum, line transformers and other materials that are a significant factor in the cost of distributing electricity.
We recently conducted an in-depth rate study to determine where our rate structure needs to be to continue providing reliable and affordable electricity in the future. When you combine all the factors mentioned above, these increases in costs will not allow us to continue billing you under the current rate structure. Effective May 1, 2017, Altamaha EMC retail rates will change. Please see the chart below for an approximation of how your monthly bill will be affected.
Even with the rate adjustment, the good news is that most members
will not see a big difference in their monthly electric bill. The
increased costs discussed above have been indirectly reflected in your
bill for the past several years. These costs are now simply being
appropriately reallocated to the cost per kilowatt-hour.
One additional change is our current residential rate will now be split into two groups - a residential rate and a general use rate. The residential rate will include residences with consistent monthly usage above 250 kwh per month. The new general use rate will consist of accounts such as noncommercial storage buildings, wells, shelters, hunting clubs, club houses, golf cart houses, etc. that have a monthly usage below 250 kwh per month. The monthly facilities charge for a residential rate account will increase from $17.50 to $20.00. The general use rate monthly facilities charge will increase from $17.50 to $21.50.
While no one likes a rate increase, we will continue to work on improving efficiency and controlling costs to offset as much of these factors as possible. As always, Altamaha EMC's mission is to provide the best possible service at the most economical price.
Additional Adjustments Effective May 1, 2017
The monthly residential facilities charge will be $20.00. The monthly general use facilities charge will be $21.50
Each year, Altamaha EMC selects three local students to represent our area on the Washington Youth Tour. The dates for the 2017 tour are June 8-15.
All high school juniors and seniors who are interested in this opportunity can obtain information by contacting our Washington Youth Tour Coordinator, Tammye Vaughn. She can be reached by phone at 912-526-2120 or by email at email@example.com.
Perhaps you know of an exceptional student who would be a great candidate for the program. If you do, please share this information with them.
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In recent months, we have received numerous reports of scammers targeting our members demanding payment for their electric bill. The scams originate with an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to be an Altamaha EMC employee.
Some of the scammers have even identified themselves as Georgia Power representatives authorized to collect on behalf of Altamaha EMC. The scammer warns that the member's electricity will be disconnected unless they make a payment - usually within a one hour time frame.
These scammers are targeting both commercial and residential accounts. Often times the scammers use caller ID spoofing so that Altamaha EMC's phone number shows up on the member's caller ID. The scammer instructs the member to purchase a pre-paid debit or credit card - widely available at retail stores - then call him or her back to supposedly make a payment to Altamaha EMC.
The scammer then asks the customer for the prepaid card's receipt number and PIN number, which grants instant access to the card's funds.
Below are tips on how
our members can protect themselves:
- Altamaha EMC mails monthly bills to all members and we will also mail a delinquent notice if a bill is not paid by the due date. Our employees do not call our members regarding payments on delinquent accounts.
- Customers can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail, payment kiosk or in person at any of our offices. We NEVER ask a member to purchase a pre-paid debit/credit card to pay their bill.
- If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, hang up and call the local police and then call Altamaha EMC at 912-526-8181 to report the scam. Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.
- Never provide your social security number, credit / debit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone unless you initiated the call and feel confident with whom you are speaking.
- Beware of the door-to-door sales approach. Never allow anyone into your home to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you scheduled an appointment or reported a utility problem. Always ask utility employees for proper identification.
- Be proactive. If you already have provided information to someone claiming to offer this service, contact your bank immediately. Also contact the three national credit bureaus - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion - and request a notation made on your account so that it doesn't impact your credit rating.
- Inform others. Share this information with friends and family so they do not become victims. The elderly are common victims of this type of scam, but anyone who pays a utility bill is a potential victim.
ALERT: Recently some of our Spanish speaking members have been targeted by a telephone scam demanding they pay their electric bill over the phone to avoid immediate disconnection. Please be aware this is not normal business procedures for Altamaha EMC. If you receive a call demanding payment from someone claiming to be with Altamaha EMC, please call us at 912-526-8181 for verification.
ALERTA: Recientemente algunos de nuestros miembros de habla hispana han sido el objetivo de una estafa telefonica exigiendo que paguen su factura de electricidad a traves del telefono para evitar desconexion inmediata. Tenga en cuenta que esto no es practica de negocio normal para Altamaha EMC. Si recibe una llamada exigiendo pago de alguien que dice ser de Altamaha EMC, por favor llamenos al 912-526-8181 para verificacion.
As an added convenience for our members, Altamaha EMC now has payment kiosks at all three of our ofﬁces. The kiosks can be used to make payments on your electric account 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Cash, checks and credit/debit cards (Mastercard and Visa only) are accepted at the kiosks.
You must have your account number when
making a payment at the kiosk.
All monthly bills are now imprinted with a barcode at the bottom of the payment stub. This barcode can be scanned to access your account, or you can simply key in your account number using the touch screen.
If you plan to use the kiosk to make payments on a regular basis, you can request a printed card from us that you can scan to access your account each time you make a payment.
The kiosk accepts payments for regular electric accounts and prepay accounts. Please call us at 912-526-8181 if you have any questions about using the payment kiosk.
EMC's innovative new prepay program for residential accounts allows you
to take charge of your electric bills by paying for your electricity
before you use it. This approach gives you more ﬂexibility and control
over the use of electricity.
Some advantages of Pay-Your-Way are:
- No more surprises when you get your electric bill each month.
For more information on Pay-Your-Way, contact us today by calling 912-526-8181.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU VOTED?
member-owned electric cooperatives, voting is already in our DNA. It's
how we maintain an electric utility which is responsive to the consumers
it serves. But voting also plays a crucial part in our representative
democracy. Federal, state and local elections offer an opportunity to
exercise a civic responsibility -- to select the best leaders for our
Yet in places all over America, even those served by electric cooperatives, citizens aren't exercising that right. In the 2012 national elections, voter turnout dropped overall, but the decline in rural counties was 18 percent - twice that of the nation as a whole.
And when voters miss the chance to vote, they also lose the opportunity to communicate their concern to our leaders about the issues that matter to us, where we work, live, and raise families.
Reliable electricity, access to rural broadband and the quality of our healthcare system are just a few issues we all care about. Still, they only become priorities if enough people show elected ofﬁcials that they are paying attention. Registering to vote and voting are the most effective ways to send this message.
When we go to the polls with the cooperative principle of "Concern for Community" in mind, we instantly improve our political system. It's a system designed to produce a government "of the people, by the people and for the people." People like you and me.
I'd like you to join me in a new initiative to get every eligible person registered to vote - you, me, our family and friends - and take the pledge to BECOME A CO-OP VOTER.
Altamaha EMC has joined America's electric cooperatives in launching a campaign to help get out the vote and insert issues important to co-ops into the public discussion. Called "Co-ops Vote," this effort will help boost voter turnout in areas served by cooperatives across the country to ensure that our voices are heard loud and clear every day, and especially on Election Day.
Here's what you can do to help. Visit the Co-ops Vote web site, WWW.VOTE.COOP, and take the pledge to BECOME A CO-OP VOTER to support your community and electric cooperative when casting your vote in 2016. The web site will give you information on your elected ofﬁcials and candidates, the voter registration process, election dates and locations, and background about eight key co-op issues we want our elected leaders to understand: rural broadband access, hiring and honoring veterans, low-income energy assistance, cybersecurity, water regulation, rural health care access, affordable and reliable energy, and renewable energy.
Co-ops Vote is a non-partisan program developed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national service organization that represents the nation's more than 900 private, not-for-proﬁt, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. With 42 million members across the nation, electric co-ops are a powerful voice on national issues that have a local impact.
If you have any questions, please visit WWW.VOTE.COOP or contact us directly at 912-526-8181. I hope to see you at the polls!
- Romanous Dotson,
Please contact us to update your mailing address, home phone number, work phone number, cell phone number and email address.
There are three easy ways to update your contact information:
Call our customer service department during office hours at 912-526-8181, or toll-free at 1-800-822-4563. Press 0.
Click the link below and complete theContact Information Update Form and return it with your payment.
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