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Attend REC’s Annual Meeting

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6300 Independence Ave.

Bealeton, VA 22712

he Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) Annual Meeting on Aug. 13, 2011, is one of the

Tmost important days of the year for the Cooperative. This is a day set aside for all Cooperative members

to meet with REC’s Board of Directors and employees. At this meeting, members have the opportunity

to take part in a distinct benefit that sets REC apart from other utilities – electing the Board of Directors

that will serve the needs of the membership.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in a new location

at Liberty High School in Fauquier County near Warrenton,

Va. This school is centrally located within REC’s 22-county

service territory. 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, and entertainment will be provided in

the auditorium from 9:45 to 10:20 a.m. REC’s Annual Meeting

has something for everyone and is an opportunity to meet with

your directors and Cooperative employees. 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 accomplishments during

2010 and our exciting plans for the future.

Remember, REC is your Cooperative. Take this important

opportunity to participate in the business by attending your

Annual Meeting. We hope to see you there, but if you are unable

to attend, we encourage you to return the Designation of Proxy

Card attached to the outside of this issue of Cooperative Living

as soon as possible. All valid Proxy Cards are automatically

entered into a drawing for a Grand Prize of $500. Proxy Cards

must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. For online directions,

visit www.myrec.coop. •

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Effective July 1

Rate Structure Changes

BILL AS OF JULY 1

PREVIOUS BILL

Level Purch Power Rate 28.77

Wholesale Power Cost Adj- NT

Transition Credit

On July 1, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC)

implemented the first step in a multi-year rate transition

plan that the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC)

required when it approved, in May 2010, the transfer of

responsibility for providing electric service from Allegheny

Power (AP) to REC. The transition plan is designed to smooth

out rate adjustments over several years and protect members

formerly served by Allegheny Power from experiencing big

jumps in their rates and bills at one time.

David F. Koogler, vice president of customer services with

REC, said, “The rate-transition plan includes a provision that will

directly benefit every one of our residential and business members

in the area previously served by Allegheny – the Commission

required Allegheny to pay approximately $13.75 million over

four years to help reduce future electric bills of their former

customers. This money will be returned to all of our members

in those areas previously served by Allegheny as a line-item credit

on their electric bill. For the year starting July 1, the bill credit

will be $.00585 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is $5.85 for

every 1,000 kWh used.”

The Levelized Purchased Power Factor (LPPF) charged to

former Allegheny customers expired on June 30, 2011. Starting

July 1, the LPPF was replaced by the Wholesale Power Cost

Adjustment – New Territory (WPCA-NT). The WPCA-NT

is a “formulary rate” that the State Corporation Commission

approved in May 2010. This charge is designed to pass-through

the variable costs of generating and acquiring wholesale power.

Twice a year, the variables in the formula are updated and the

charge recomputed – it may go up or down. The charge reflects

actual costs only; it does not include a mark-up or profit margin.

Factoring in the transition credit from the money paid by

AP, residential members will see a modest impact on their

monthly bills starting July 1. A typical residential member using

1,000 kWh hours per month will see an increase in their bill

of $5.33. Large industrial members will experience bill impacts

of less than 3 percent.

For more information, or if you have a question about

your bill, contact a customer service representative at REC

at 800-552-3904. Additional information can be found on

the Cooperative’s website, www.myrec.coop. •

THE TRANSITION PLAN

IS DESIGNED TO SMOOTH

OUT RATE ADJUSTMENTS

OVER SEVERAL YEARS

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ecently completed its second energy conservation

contest encouraging members to share their energy

efficiency success stories. Members entered for a chance to be

recognized as REC’s Energy Superstar and win a $100 gift card

to a local home-improvement store.

Congratulations to REC members, Randy and Patricia Nalley,

the Cooperative’s second contest winners. In order to improve the

energy efficiency of their home they used tips provided to them

through Cooperative Living magazine.

Patricia Nalley said, “We have caulked all the windows; we open

the blinds during the day to keep the house warm in the winter and

close them in the summer to keep cool. This past winter we lowered

the thermostat to 68 degrees and plan to increase it to 78 degrees

throughout the summer. And we installed a programmable thermostat

to keep the temperature consistent.”

The overall project cost the Nalley family approximately $110

to implement. By using these simple energy-saving solutions, they have

been able to decrease their electric bill by approximately 20 percent.

Nalley said, “The solutions were simple, and the savings are

important to us because we are able to put that money towards our

Become REC’s Next

Energy Superstar

Enter to Win!

REC's Bowling Green district manager, Ricky Bywaters, presents Energy

Superstar Patricia Nalley with a $100 gift card and award certificate.

REC

children instead.” •

Caulking around windows and doors can reduce the amount of air that

escapes from the home and can improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Using a programmable thermostat to control the temperature

of your home can help you manage your energy usage and save

on your electric bill.

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New Feature Added to

Online Account Access

THREE-STEP PROCESS

Step 1:

Provide your name and REC account number.

Step 2:

Provide the last four digits of your Social

Security Number or Tax ID number.

Step 3:

Enter your email address, create a user name

and password, set up your account security

questions and select the format you prefer to

receive email communications.

At REC, we listen to our members. That is why we provide

online access to your REC account through the Web

Self-Service portion of myrec.coop. REC recently added another

level of convenience to that online account access. The new

Member Area of Web Self-Service contains online enrollment

forms for these popular REC programs: Caring Card, AutoPay

and our Landlord Transfer Agreement.

In addition to these online forms, Web Self-Service

provides a secure, convenient way to check your current account

status, to view electronic versions of your bills, and to update

some of your contact information.

Registration for Web Self-Service is a simple, three-step

process that only takes a few minutes to complete. Use

July 2011

the “Log In” link at the top of any page of our website,

www.myrec.coop, to access the registration page. Once you’ve

registered, you’ll have access to these features (in addition to

the Member Area’s online enrollment forms):

• The Account Summary page provides current

account information.

• The Billing History page gives you access to your

last 13 REC bills.

• The Manage Accounts page allows you to add multiple

accounts to your Web Self-Service “view.”

• The My Profile page offers members a way to manage

some of their personal contact information. •

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Scholarships Awarded

to Area High School Students

Local students recognized for outstanding achievement

Years of hard work and determination are rewarded each

spring as area high school seniors graduate and ready

themselves for college. Recognizing the importance of this

student achievement, REC annually awards scholarships

through its Literacy Education and Rural Networking

(LEARN) program.

“As a local electric cooperative, REC recognizes the

importance of student achievement in our service area,”

said Ann M. Lewis, REC’s director of public relations.

“Investing in the future of local high school seniors contributes

to stronger communities and helps the students achieve

their version of the American dream.”

This year REC awarded 16 $1,000 LEARN

scholarships to students who are seeking to

advance their education beyond the high school

level. The 2011 LEARN Scholarship recipients

were selected from a competitive group of

applications received from high school students

throughout REC’s service territory. The

applications were reviewed by a committee

and evaluated based on scholastic achievement,

extracurricular activities, community involvement,

financial need and interest in rural affairs. •

The 2011 LEARN Scholarship recipients are:

NAME

Chandler Thomas

Jessica Werbowski

Haven Headley

Elizabeth Combs

Kaitlyn Sewell

Caroline Eckert

Joseph Kuijawa

Mary Gray

Sarah McKay

Morgan Wade

Margo Deihl

Erin Dougherty

Kelsey Link

Lauren Luttrell

Megan Flansburg

HIGH SCHOOL

Caroline High, Caroline County

Culpeper County High, Culpeper County

Essex High, Essex County

Fauquier High, Rappahannock County

Homeschooled, Louisa County

Liberty High, Fauquier County

Massaponax High, Spotsylvania County

Orange County High, Orange County

Orange County High, Orange County

Orange County High, Orange County

Riverbend High, Spotsylvania County

Sherando High, Stephens City

Spotsylvania High, Spotsylvania County

Spotsylvania High, Spotsylvania County

William Monroe High, Greene County

“Investing in the future of local high school seniors

contributes to stronger communities and helps the students

achieve their version of the American dream.”

– Ann M. Lewis, REC’s director of public relations

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OPERATION ROUND UP ®

Help Your Community

Round Up Your Electric Bill

Agreat way to help those in need in your

community is to enroll in Operation

Round Up ®

(ORU). By volunteering to have

your electric bill automatically rounded up,

the extra change goes to ORU and then back

into the community. For more information and

to participate, please visit www.myrec.coop

or call 800-552-3904. You can also learn

more about ORU by stopping by their booth

at REC’s Annual Meeting on Aug. 13 at

Liberty High School in Fauquier County. •

T O G E T H E R W E S A V E

DISCOVER THE CARD.

DISCOVER SAVINGS.

YOUR COOPERATIVE,

LOCAL BUSINESSES

AND YOU.

800.552.3904

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REC MEMBERS’

OPINIONS MATTER

Each month, REC members

are surveyed by phone.

Surveys offer members

an opportunity to provide

feedback on REC’s performance,

and the results, in

turn, help the Cooperative

provide better service to

its members.

Members are owners

of REC, and their opinions

are important. When you

are asked to take a phone

survey about REC, please take

a few minutes and let us know

what you think. We are listening,

and we use your feedback to

implement changes that better

serve you.

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Keeping Cool:

Tips for Beating

the Summer Heat and

High Monthly Bills

Don’t let the warmer weather turn into “summertime blues” when the monthly

electric bill arrives. Here are some tips from REC on keeping your electric bill

in check. You can manage your electric bill by managing your energy usage when

you implement some of these suggestions:

Adjust the Thermostat. During warmer months, raising the thermostat

a few degrees can save money. Set the temperature between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit,

and you could save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills.

Programmable thermostats make it easy to save by offering pre-programmed

settings to regulate a home’s temperature throughout the year. Contact REC to

learn more.

Be a “fan-atic”. While they don’t replace an air conditioner or a heat pump,

fans move the air so everyone feels more comfortable. On milder days, fans can

save as much as 60 percent on electric bills. Fans cool people, not rooms, so turn

them off when you leave.

Regular maintenance is essential. REC recommends that members

have their heating and cooling systems serviced annually. An HVAC professional

will check the entire system to make sure it is running efficiently. This will help

to extend the life of the system and save money.

Look for ENERGY STAR ® equipment. When it’s time to replace that

cooling system, REC recommends replacing it with an ENERGY STAR-qualified

model. This could reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent. Tax credits and

rebates on qualifying ENERGY STAR models may be available so check with

REC for more information.

Bigger isn’t always better. Too often, cooling equipment isn’t sized properly

and could lead to higher electric bills. A unit that is too large for your home will not

cool evenly and might produce higher humidity indoors. That’s why it is important

to talk to the energy experts at REC.

Instead of getting burned this summer with high energy bills, check out your

Cooperative’s website, www.myrec.coop, for more money-saving ideas or call the

energy experts at 800-552-3904 for answers to questions you may have. •

OFFICE CLOSING JULY 4 th

In honor of Independence Day, our offices will be closed

on Monday, July 4. 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:

800.552.3904

President &

Chief Executive Officer:

Kent D. Farmer

Board of Directors:

Chairman

Richard C. Oliver

Region VII

Vice Chair

Darlene H. Carpenter

Region III

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

Michael W. Lindsay

Director-at-Large

Christopher G. Shipe

Director-at-Large

Rappahannock Currents:

Local Pages Editor – Ann M. Lewis

Staff Writer – Casey M. Hollins, CCC

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 7388

Fredericksburg, VA 22404

540.898.8500 / 800.552.3904

office@myrec.coop

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