Ais

myrec.coop
  • No tags were found...

June 1, 2010 - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

After June 1, 2010

Before June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010: More Than Two Decades of Growth Overnight

s of June 1, the acquisition of 51,000 new Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners

Ais complete. It has been over a year of negotiations, regulatory work and system preparation and planning.

Customers of the former Allegheny Power Virginia service territory are now member-owners of REC. On day

one, the office doors opened to those members being served in the new Blue Ridge District near Front Royal,

making it one of the most significant days in the history of the Cooperative.

“On June 1 we realized what — under normal circumstances

— would have been more than 20 years of growth,” said

Kent D. Farmer, president and CEO of REC. “REC is looking

forward to bringing the same local ownership and value to our

new service territory that our other members have come to

expect for over 70 years. The success of the acquisition, which

we celebrated that day, is another testament to the hard work

and dedication of all of REC’s employees.”

Your Cooperative now serves customers in 22 counties

throughout Virginia: Albemarle, Caroline, Clarke, Culpeper,

Essex, Fauquier, Frederick, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, King

and Queen, King William, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Page,

Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania,

Stafford and Warren. With four offices conveniently located

in Bowling Green, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, and Front Royal,

all REC members can pay their electric bills in person or speak

with a customer service representative face-to-face about any

questions or issues they may have.

“With the acquisition now complete, we are turning our

attention to making needed upgrades to the infrastructure in

the new territory,” noted Farmer. “The improvements we will be

making will ensure that our new member-owners receive reliable

service in the years to come. The maintenance of rights of way

will occur on accelerated schedules, and new member-owners

will be converted to automated metering technology over the

next several months. Additionally, the upgrade process will create

new jobs in the communities we serve and will provide new

opportunities for local businesses to provide goods and services,

contributing real economic benefits to the region.” •

22 www.myrec.coop

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative


Our History Timeline

Cooperative members

learn about the

luxury of an electric

refrigerator.

1936 Farmers Rural Utilities energized the first line

in Virginia (and on the East Coast) that was financed by

the Rural Electrification Administration. That line served

73 member-owners.

1938 Farmers Rural Utilities reorganized to become

Virginia Electric Cooperative, and a year later Northern

Piedmont Electric Cooperative began providing electric

service to its first members.

1980 Those two co-ops consolidated to become

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), and the new

company provided service to 41,000 members.

2007 REC was providing service to 100,000

homes and businesses.

Farmers Rural Utilities

brings power to the

first farm in 1936.

REC linemen

repair power lines

on a farm in rural

central Virginia.

June 2010 REC acquired 51,000 Allegheny Power

customers and became the largest electric cooperative in

Virginia, serving over 154,000 connections.

Air Conditioning

Load Management

Program

After a successful pilot conducted by Old Dominion

Electric Cooperative (ODEC) in the summer of

2009, REC is beginning deployment of an Air Conditioning

(A/C) Load Management program to supplement

their existing Water Heater Load Management program

in the summer of 2010. The A/C Load Management

program works with the heat pump and/or central A/C

unit to reduce the amount of power used to keep the

home comfortable during the hottest summer days. A

demand-response unit is installed by a qualified HVAC

technician from REC’s business partner, GoodCents, Inc.,

at no charge to the member.

On very hot summer afternoons, when demand for

electricity is high, REC sends a signal to the device to cycle

the heat pump and/or A/C unit off and on for a period of

time every hour determined by the cycling strategy used.

The fan will continue to operate, circulating already cooled

air, keeping the home comfortable. This direct load control

helps REC avoid buying power when it is the most

expensive and helps reduce the strain on the electrical grid

during periods of peak demand. Such initiatives also help

reduce greenhouse gases and the likelihood of power

interruptions.

The eligibility requirements for participation include

residential members living in single-family homes, multifamily

homes and manufactured housing. The demand

reduction impacts attributed to this program can vary

widely and depend heavily on summer temperatures and

other weather conditions. Participating members will

receive a gratuitous one-time $25 retail gift card as long as

the switch is still in operation at the end of the summer

season. There is no cost to the member, and no energy

savings are expected.

The program will run during the cooling months

(typically May through October). REC plans to employ

a 50 percent cycling strategy, using an adaptive algorithm

to cycle the air conditioner or heat pump off for 50

percent of the run time calculated during a determined

baseline period. This cycling parameter would be

maintained throughout the demand-reduction event.

The air conditioner or heat pump will return to normal

operation after the peak load period. •

Note: This service is currently offered where appropriate communication

technologies exist and will be available in REC’s new service

territory as metering and signaling equipment is put in place.

August 2010 www.myrec.coop 23


Cooperative Directors Represent All Members

The REC Board of Directors consists of at least nine and

no more than 13 directors, with nine directors serving in

“regional” positions and the remaining serving in “at-large”

positions. All directors are elected by popular vote of the entire

Cooperative membership, and each represents all members

regardless of where they are located, and each is to act in the

best interest of the Cooperative as a whole. The purpose of the

nine regions is to ensure that the Board reflects the geographic

diversity of the Cooperative.

The Cooperative’s service area, and its geographic diversity,

changed significantly when REC acquired a portion of the area

formerly served by Allegheny Power. REC already provided

Meet Your

Board of Directors

electric service in seven counties included in the acquisition

(Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange

and Rappahannock). Six of the counties (Clarke, Frederick,

Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren) are new to REC.

Communities formerly served by Allegheny Power but located

in regions previously served by REC will be represented by the

current directors from those regions. During a transition

period, two new directors will be appointed to represent areas

not previously served by REC. The process of identifying

qualified candidates from those localities has already begun.

(See REC’s Board Accepting Resumes)

Region I

William M. Alphin

The majority of Culpeper

County.

II

III

I

Region II

Thomas T. Grady

The counties of Fauquier,

Rappahannock, and Stafford,

and the northwest portion of

Spotsylvania County.

VII

V

IV

VI

VIII

IX

Region III

Darlene H. Carpenter,

Vice Chairman

The counties of Albemarle, Greene,

and Madison, and the southwest

portion of Culpeper County.

Region V

Frank B. Boxley, Jr.

The northern portion

of Louisa.

Region IV

A. Nash Johnston

The central portion of Spotsylvania

County.

Region VI

William C. Frazier

The counties of Hanover and

Goochland, and that portion

of Louisa County not included

in Region V.

24

www.myrec.coop

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative


Region VII

Richard C. Oliver,

Chairman

Orange County and the western

portion of Spotsylvania County.

Region IX

William E. Lane,

Treasurer

The counties of Essex, King and

Queen, and King William, and

that portion of Caroline County

not included in Region VIII.

Region VIII

Linda R. Gray,

Secretary

The western portion of

Caroline County.

Director at Large

Wickham B. Coleman

REC’s Board Accepting Resumes —

TWO DIRECTOR VACANCIES

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s Board is accepting resumes to fill two Board of

Director positions to represent REC’s new service area in the counties of Warren, Frederick

and Clarke. The two appointed directors will serve until geographic Board regions are

redrawn to include all areas acquired by the Cooperative from Allegheny Power. REC

members who reside in Warren, Frederick or Clarke counties, meet director qualifications,

and are interested in seeking a position on the Cooperative’s Board should submit a

resume by 5 p.m., August 27, 2010 to:

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Office of the President

P.O. Box 7388

Fredericksburg, VA 22404-7388

Director qualifications are listed in REC’s Bylaws,

Article IV, Section 3, and are further defined in the

Board policy stated below:

1. Possesses an understanding of basic financial

matters and fiduciary responsibilities of a board

member;

2. Be recognized as a leader in their industry and

community because of their strong record of

accomplishment;

3. Be experienced in serving on a board or reporting

directly to a board;

4. Be committed to learning about the Cooperative

and its diverse membership and willing to devote

24 to 44 days per year in order to be a meaningful

contributor on behalf of all members;

5. Be willing and capable of articulating points

of view that may challenge the thinking of the

board and management;

6. Place a high value on personal and corporate

integrity and ethical behavior;

7. Have an understanding of cooperatives;

8. Be willing and able to successfully complete the

National Rural Electric Cooperative’s Association

Credentialed Cooperative Director program

within five years of becoming a director;

9. Be willing and able to participate in the

Cooperative’s New Director Orientation program;

10. Be financially secure (not motivated by director

compensation).

REC’s Bylaws are posted on its website. For additional

information regarding the two Director vacancies or to

request a copy of the Bylaws, you may call 800-552-3904.

August 2010 www.myrec.coop 25


Understanding

Your Energy Usage

Easy-Pay Options

Take the Worry Out of Bill Payment

Paying your electric bill should be hassle free. That’s why we offer

several convenient ways for you to pay your REC bill, from online

to automatic deduction. Join thousands of other members by signing up

for one or more of the options below so you can start to benefit from

REC’s worry-free payment options. Customer service representatives are

always available to assist members in signing up for these services. In

addition, they will help you understand an unusually high electric bill.

AutoPay Our checkless payment plan offers convenience and

savings. Your electric payment can be deducted directly from your bank

account every month, saving you time and postage. - or -

eBill Pay your bill online with eBill. This payment option is easy

and secure and gives you control to choose when you view your bill

and make your payment. You can also view up to 12 months of

previous bills whenever you like. - and -

Budget Billing Avoid the uncertainty of high seasonal electricity

usage by signing up for budget billing. REC will calculate an average

monthly payment amount based on your annual usage. This plan

helps you manage your household budget more consistently.

If you have experienced an unusually

high electric bill, we can assist you in

understanding how you are using electricity.

You can choose to receive guides for a do-ityourself

home energy audit or have REC

temporarily monitor your daily usage. These

services are free to members. Monitoring

your usage will help identify trends that may

uncover faulty equipment as well as solutions

to help you manage your electricity usage.

REC also offers a Usage Management

section under the Save Energy tab on the REC

website, www.myrec.coop. This section of the

website offers you the opportunity to request to

have your energy usage monitored for one

week and to receive an e-mailed usage report

that will help you determine how to change

energy usage patterns so you can find ways

to save on your energy bill.

The Cooperative has also partnered

with Apogee Interactive to develop a suite

of online energy-usage calculators. Those

tools will help members create detailed energyusage

profiles of their homes and will even

help predict the cost and usage effects of

any planned changes to features like windows,

lighting and appliances. Look for those tools

to be available late in the summer on

www.myrec.coop.

For additional assistance in understanding

your energy usage, call us at 800-552-3904 •

Take advantage of these options to make bill paying easier.

For more information, contact REC at 800-552-3904.

ATTEND REC’S

ANNUAL MEETING

AUG.

14

All REC member-owners are invited to attend REC’s Annual Meeting

on Aug. 14, at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania County. Courtland High

School is located at 6701 Smith Station Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553.

Annual Meeting registration will be open from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and

breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 10 a.m. There will be displays and

exhibits of many Cooperative products and services, such as Energy Audits,

Right of Way, Operation Round Up ® , Safety Demonstrations, Lineman’s display,

LEARN Grants, Net Metering, Renewable Energy and Web Self Service.

Entertainment will be provided in the auditorium from 9:45 to 10:20 a.m.

The business session will be called to order at 10:30 a.m.

Three directors are to be elected, and you will learn about REC’s

achievements during 2009.

We hope to see you there, but if you are unable to attend,

we encourage you to return the Designation of Proxy Card

that was attached to the outside of the July issue of

Cooperative Living. All valid Designation of Proxy Cards

will automatically be entered into a drawing for a Grand

Prize of $500. Designation of Proxy Cards must be received

in an REC office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12. For more

information, visit www.myrec.coop.

26

www.myrec.coop

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative


Co-op Youth Tour

Brings Tomorrow’s

Leaders to the

Capital

Abraham Lincoln once said,

“I will prepare and some day

my chance will come.” On June

13-17, the chance to see, to feel, to

remember, to meet, to listen, to be

heard and to grow came for six local

high school students.

These students — Cody Goode of Caroline, Brandon Harris

and Heather Jackson of Spotsylvania, Haven Headley of Essex,

Zulakha Iqbal of Culpeper and Aaron Murphy of Orange joined

nearly 1,500 of their peers from across the country to participate

in the Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. They

were sponsored by REC and were selected on the basis of their

community involvement, interest in rural affairs and an essay

response.

Youth Tour teaches students the importance of being

involved in their local communities and the legislative process.

The action-filled week provided students the opportunity to

visit the White House and Capitol Hill and learn first-hand

what it is like to be involved in politics, the democratic process

and community service.

Participants visited Congressman Rob Wittman of

Virginia’s 1st congressional district and met members of his

staff. During their visit he talked with them about national

issues such as the BP oil spill and he accepted student questions

about different topics.

Among the many other highlights of the trip were tours

of Arlington National Cemetery, the Crime and Punishment

Museum and the Newseum. The students also attended the

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA)

National Youth Day, which included a moving message by

Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic medalist and two-time

world champion in wheelchair basketball.

Back row, left to right: Youth Tour leader Brian Wolfe, Aaron Murphy, Haven Headley

and Cody Goode; Front row, left to right: Zulakha Iqbal, Heather Jackson and Brandon Harris

Since 1964, the nation’s electric cooperatives have sponsored

more than 40,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to

their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots

government education sessions, and sightseeing in the nation’s

capital. NRECA is the national service organization representing

more than 930 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric

cooperatives, which provide electric service to 42 million people

in 47 states.

REC has sponsored more than 200 students to participate

in the Rural Electric Youth Tour since 1980. Visit REC’s website

for more information about the tour. •

OPERATION ROUND UP ®

Funds Now Available!

Does your non-profit charity or organization have a

project that requires additional funding before you can

start? Or does your group offer support and services to

those in need and depend upon outside funding?

Operation Round Up ® could be the solution to your group’s

need. Applications are now available online and in the lobby of

REC’s four offices to request funds from Operation Round Up.

These funds have been made available by

members who volunteer to have their electric

bills rounded up to the next whole dollar, with

the extra change dedicated to charitable causes.

Non-profit charities and organizations are encouraged to apply.

All applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Aug. 31.

August 2010 www.myrec.coop 27


The dog days of summer are upon us. However, you can stay

cool and save money on your cooling costs at the same time.

You can raise the setting on your thermostat by approximately

4 degrees with no reduction in comfort by utilizing a ceiling fan.

REC’s energy management advisor, Rich Mialki says, “If you

use a ceiling fan in the summer, keep in mind that it does little

good to run it when you’re not around. The fan really isn’t cooling

the room. Like a breeze on a hot summer day, it’s the blowing air

moving across your body that makes you feel cooler.”

Air movement from the ceiling fan evaporates moisture on

the skin and makes a person feel cooler. With this cooling effect,

most people can raise their thermostat and feel just as comfortable.

For every degree you raise the air conditioning thermostat above

78 degrees, you can save 3 to 5 percent on cooling costs. However,

STAY COOL, SAVE MONEY

there are no energy savings if you use a ceiling fan without raising the

air conditioning thermostat.

The same cooling effect caused by blowing air currents keeps

many people from using their ceiling fans in winter. But most fans

have a switch on the motor housing that changes the direction in

which the blades turn. Instead of forcing air downward, the blades

will pull air up toward the ceiling, where hot air normally rises,

and drive it back down around the edges of the room. That can

result in more even heating.

Throughout the year, fans can help you increase the comfort

of your home while you decrease your monthly energy bills when

you raise your thermostat setting at least 4 degrees. In the

summertime make sure your ceiling fan is operating counterclockwise

and in the winter it should be operating clockwise to

maximize your energy dollar. •

HOT TIPS FOR GREEN

SUMMER COOKING

eep your cool on especially hot days when preparing meals.

KYou can save money and reduce your carbon footprint with

these easy tips for going green when cooking summer meals

(and year round, for that matter).

1. Cook outdoors when possible to reduce the load on your

air conditioner.

2. Toaster ovens, convection ovens and slow cookers get the job

done with less energy than conventional stovetops or ovens,

especially when preparing smaller meals.

3. Use as small a pan, as little water, and as little pre-heating

time as possible.

4. Bake in glass or ceramic ovenware instead of metal. You can

turn the temperature down by 25 degrees and foods will cook

in the same amount of time.

5. Avoid thawing food in the microwave. Thawing food in

the refrigerator is far more energy efficient, contributes to

the refrigerator’s cooling and is safer than thawing food

on the countertop or in the sink.

6. Don’t open the door and peek in the oven. Use the oven

window instead!

7. Clean burner pans regularly. They’ll more effectively reflect

heat to the cookware. Dirty burner pans absorb heat and

reduce efficiency.

8. Use flat-bottom cookware that rests evenly on the surface of

electric coil burners, solid-disk elements, or radiant elements

under smooth-top ceramic glass.

9. Use residual heat. Turn the stove or oven off before cooking

is done to allow cooking to continue while reducing energy use.

An electric burner element can be turned off two minutes

before removing the cookware, since it remains hot. Ovens

can be turned off 20 minutes before cooking’s done. •

QUICK HOME ENERGY AUDIT

Clip this list and check each area of your home to see

if you’re using energy efficiently. Every nook and cranny

holds potential inefficiencies, so it pays to be thorough!

Visit www.energysavers.gov for more information

on what’s listed below.

INSULATION / DUCTWORK

ATTIC ❑ Insulation spread evenly ❑ Insulation in good condition ❑ Attic vents are unblocked

by insulation ❑ Attic access doors properly insulated and sealed

WALLS AND FLOORS ❑ Minimum R-value of 19 for perimeter walls ❑ Minimum R-value of 25

for under-floor insulation [R-value indicates an insulation’s resistance to heat flow - the higher the better]

BASEMENT ❑ Ductwork insulated and sealed ❑ Hot pipes insulated ❑ Water heater insulated,

if in unconditioned space

HEATING / COOLING

❑ Air-supply vents are unblocked by furniture or curtains ❑ Return air registers are unblocked

by furniture ❑ Return air-handler filters are clean ❑ HVAC system has had annual maintenance

check-up ❑ Programmable thermostat installed and programmed

AIR FILTRATION

WINDOWS / DOORS ❑ Windows close and lock properly ❑ Window gaskets in good condition

❑ Window trim sealed and painted ❑ Doors properly weatherstripped ❑ Doors close and

latch properly

EXTERIOR PENETRATIONS

Plumbing and wire openings sealed: ❑ Kitchen cabinets ❑ Bathroom cabinets ❑ Utility room

❑ Fireplace damper sealed tightly

APPLIANCES / LIGHTING

❑ Refrigerator condenser coils clean ❑ Refrigerator gaskets in good condition

❑ Unused refrigerators and freezers unplugged ❑ Water heater set to 120 degrees or below

❑ Dishwasher energy-saving feature turned on ❑ Washing machine loads run with

cold water when possible

WELL PUMP ❑ Operating properly ❑ Good pressure ❑ No leaks

LIGHTING ❑ Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) used ❑ Outdoor lighting automatically

triggered by motion or dark

Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

28 www.myrec.coop

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative


President &

Chief Executive Officer:

Kent D. Farmer

Board of Directors:

Chairman

Richard C. Oliver

Region VII

Vice Chair

Darlene H. Carpenter

Region III

Scout Troop Benefits from

Member Support of

Operation Round Up ®

Before March 2010, Mineral, Va. Boy Scout Troop #183 traveled on camping

trips using an open flatbed trailer to transport their gear. This meant that

when traveling in rain or other bad weather, their equipment most likely became

wet and damaged. Thanks to the recent donation from Operation Round Up

(ORU), this Boy Scout troop was able to purchase a 6-foot-by-12-foot enclosed

cargo trailer to use for Scout camping trips.

“It is awesome that we were able to purchase the trailer because of this

donation,” said Scout leader, James C. Harlow, Jr. “The fact that we can carry

our gear in the rain to avoid things getting damaged from the weather is

wonderful. We have taken several trips since getting the trailer and it’s great

to be able to have it.”

Having the trailer has allowed the troop to plan a camping trip once or

twice every month throughout the year. It also gives them the opportunity to

participate in other outdoor projects that may have required a trailer to haul

equipment.

“Thank you so much for the donation,” said Harlow. “It has made a

tremendous impact on our troop and we are so thankful to have been selected

to receive the funds.”

As an REC member, you can help organizations in your community by

enrolling in the program. Your monthly electric bill will automatically be

rounded up to the next whole dollar amount with the extra change going to

ORU. Contact a customer services representative at 800-552-3904, visit

www.myrec.coop or stop by one of our four offices to enroll today. •

Secretary

Linda R. Gray

Region VIII

Treasurer

William E. Lane

Region IX

William M. Alphin

Region I

Thomas T. Grady

Region II

A. Nash Johnston

Region IV

Frank B. Boxley, Jr.

Region V

William C. Frazier

Region VI

Wickham B. Coleman

Director-at-Large

OFFICE CLOSING SEPT. 6 th

In observance of Labor Day, our offices will be

closed on Monday, Sept. 6. If you experience an outage

or power emergency during this time, our dispatch

department is always available 24 hours a day to take

your call.

Rappahannock Currents:

Local Pages Editor – Ann M. Lewis

Staff Writer – Casey M. Hollins

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 7388

Fredericksburg, VA 22404

540.898.8500 / 800.552.3904

office@myrec.coop

August 2010 www.myrec.coop 29

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines