Clay trustee Angus Hastings honored by NRECA
During the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) annual meeting inNashville last week, special recognition was given to Clay Electric board of trustees member Angus Hastings of Citra, who represents District 9. Mr. Hastings was elected to the District 9 seat in March 1965, and he will reach a milestone of 50 years of service to Clay Electric next March.
Curtis Nolan, president of the NRECA board of directors, honored Mr. Hastings with a program that highlighted his 40 years of service as a member of the NRECA’s board of directors. Hastings is retiring from the NRECA board, on which he has served since 1974. He served as president of the NRECA board for the 1981-82 term. Mr. Hastings was also honored last fall with the ACRE Lifetime Achievement Award for his long commitment to the Action Committee for Rural Electrification, which is the political action committee for the NRECA. Because of Mr. Hastings’ efforts, Florida held the No. 1 position nationally in ACRE memberships for 14 years. Clay Electric will continue to have representation on the NRECA board of directors following Mr. Hastings' retirement: Kelley Smith, a Clay Electric trustee from District 2, was elected to the NRECA board of directors late last year.
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Your March Kilowatt is in the mail!
The March Kilowatt has our Annual Meeting guide, the Legislative Directory and session preview, information about the Cooperative Action Network, and much more. Susan Reeves, president of the co-op’s Board of Trustees, uses her message to encourage members to attend the co-op’s Annual Meeting. The general manager’s report focuses on the highlights of 2013 and talks about the accomplishments and challenges of the co-op. In addition to selecting trustees for the co-op’s board, members will also be voting on several bylaw amendments at the Annual Meeting on March 20. Be sure to read the articles about the bylaw changes and the trustee candidates. The official notice of Annual Meeting is also included in this issue.
Co-op Connections Card program is saving money for members!
Clay Electric members have saved more than $86,500 on prescriptions since the Co-op Connections Card program began in May 2012. There are also several local businesses offering discounts! The Co-op Connections Card is a money-saving tool we’re proud to offer our membership. A wide variety of merchants throughout our community accept the card. Be sure to present the card at the register to receive your discount! We encourage our members to visit local businesses that participate in the Co-op Connections program. The card also connects you with national discounts on everything from hotel stays to prescription drugs. Click here to read more about the program.
Your March bill might show a credit due to your Capital Credit refund
Some of you may have noticed your bill went down for the month of March. Why is that?
As a member of a cooperative, you will see tangible evidence on your electric bill this month.
This year Clay Electric’s board of trustees approved a $5 million Capital Credits refund to entitled members of the co-op who received service between 1987 and 2012.
The refund is determined by the amount of electricity a member paid for during the applicable period (1987-2012). The average credit amount is $18.35. Former members of the co-op who are entitled to a refund will be mailed a refund check in late March. The average check amount for these former customers is $35.24. The Jan. 28 news release has more details.
Repair crews return from South Carolina
A group of co-op employees has returned home after spending nine days helping two South Carolina electric co-ops recover from an ice storm.
Coastal Electric, headquartered in Walterboro, had nearly all of its 11,600 members out of power as a result of the storm. Edisto Electric Co-op, located 20 miles north of Coastal, also needed help rebuilding its system. After Clay’s crews were released from Coastal on Feb. 19, they traveled to Edisto. Clay Electric’s crews returned to Florida on Saturday, Feb. 22. Read more
Call us before you invest in a PV system
Thinking about purchasing a photovoltaic (PV) system for your home or business? More than 100 of Clay Electric’s members are harnessing the energy of sunlight to lower their bills. Before you invest, call your cooperative first. We have some important information to share about PV systems that will help you make the best decision. Visit our solar power page or call us to request a brochure.
Phone scam attempts continue to be a concern
Scam attempts over the phone continue to be a concern for Clay Electric. A co-op member reported he had received a call from 813-750-8040. The caller told the member that “due to rising cost of electric, they would come and do a free energy audit.”
The member wisely asked the caller if they were affiliated with Clay Electric and they said no. He told them he was not interested but felt they were trying to give the impression they were associated with Clay Electric. An internet search showed there have been numerous complaints about this number. Clay Electric does not solicit its members regarding energy audits.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is also warning people about another telephone scam. Consumers who miss a call from a 473 area code should refrain from calling the number back. Consumers report getting calls from a 473 area code and hear groaning on the other end of the line before the phone goes dead. Those who call back get charged $19.95 because the number functions like a 1-900 number. The area code is based in the Caribbean. Some say they heard a voice of someone claiming to be in distress. People return the call, thinking 473 is a domestic area code, and incur enormous charges on their phone bills. Thus far, there have been no cases of this scam reported in Clay County. Volusia County is the closest jurisdiction that has reported such calls being made to residents. The CCSO is warning residents in advance so they don't become victims of this scam.
Candidates nominated at district meetings
Four candidates were nominated by members participating in trustee district meetings in Districts 2, 4 and 6 in late January.
Jimmy Wilson and Julia O’Sullivan, both of Middleburg, were nominated as candidates for the vacant seat in District 6. The seat had previously been held by the late Floyd Gnann, who served on the board from 1971-2013. Members nominated incumbent trustee Kelley Smith of Bostwick as a candidate for District 2, and incumbent trustee Carl Malphurs of Bland was nominated as a candidate for District 4.
These candidates will have their names placed on the ballot at the co-op’s annual meeting on March 20 in Keystone Heights to be voted upon by all members who attend and register to vote at that meeting.
The notice of the trustee district meetings was included in the January issue of the Kilowatt and also appeared in the January Power Line bill insert.
Clay Electric trustees approve $5 million Capital Credits refund
On January 23, Clay Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees approved a $5 million Capital Credits refund to current and former members of the co-op who received service between 1987 and 2012. This will be the cooperative’s 40th consecutive refund of Capital Credits. Read more
February Board of Trustees meeting rescheduled
The February meeting of the Board of Trustees has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, at 12:30 p.m. in Keystone Heights. The March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18 to avoid a conflict with the co-op’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 20.
Clay warns members about new nationwide email scam
Clay Electric is warning its members that a new nationwide scam is targeting utility customers through email. Utilities around the nation are reporting that some of their customers have received bogus email bill statements.
Although Clay Electric hasn’t received reports of members receiving emails that solicit payments or request personal information, the co-op is urging its members to be aware and alert.
“Members should delete any suspicious emails and not click on any links that may accompany the emails,” said Derick Thomas, director of Clay Electric’s Member & Public Relations Department. Read more
2014 Youth Scholarship form available
The 2014 Youth Scholarship application form is now available. The annual scholarship program is limited to any public, private or home schooled high school senior whose home (primary residence) is served by Clay Electric and who will be graduating from high school at the end of the applicable school year.
Cooperative Research Network urges prudent space heater use
With winter temperatures creeping across much of the country, electric cooperative consumer-members should turn to efficiency to save dollars and stay warm. Read more for some tips on using space heaters efficiently.
Urge EPA to reconsider "all-but-one" approach
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new proposed rules limiting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new coal and natural gas based power plants. Because of this, the Administration has abandoned its “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and embraced an “all-but-one” approach that effectively prevents construction of new coal-based generation.
Electric cooperatives strongly oppose this shift and believe the proposed rule should be withdrawn. Co-ops support using a diverse fuel mix including renewables, natural gas, nuclear, and coal to generate electricity. Eliminating coal as a fuel choice will result in economic hardship for many communities and reduce the likelihood of affordable power in the future.
Your help is needed today! Urge EPA to reconsider its “all-but-one” approach. Visit the Action.coop website and then click on the Take Action button. We appreciate your support!
Join COPA and help keep rates affordable!
Help us keep your bills affordable! Join Co-op Owners for Political Action. Funds raised by this grassroots network are donated to the political campaigns of candidates whose positions on issues support those of electric cooperatives. Clay Electric’s ability to provide its members with excellent service and affordably priced power can be negatively affected by rules and regulations passed by our elected officials, so it’s vitally important that we elect the right people into political office. The personal dedication of Clay’s members to stand together as part of a powerful grassroots network that promotes policies that help secure the future of electric co-ops and the many families they serve is very important. This is an opportunity to make a huge difference.
The most important benefit you receive as a member of COPA is a voice in helping elect state and federal officials who will support your cooperative and your community. We have already received nearly 100 forms from members eager to show their support for the program. To join COPA, or for more information, contact your district office. This offer is available to our residential members only, due to federal election rules.
You have payment options!
Want your bill sooner? Tired of worrying about late payments? The Clay eBill program and the Automatic Monthly Payment Plan can help!
The Clay eBill program allows members to receive bill statements via e-mail. Participants will have a copy of their electric bill statements e-mailed to them monthly and will not receive a “paper” electric bill statement in the mail. To sign up or discontinue participation in the Clay eBill program, members should go to clayelectric.com, logon to “My Account Logon” and click on “Electronic Billing” on the left menu.
If you'd like your payment to be automatically deducted monthly on your bill statement's due date by bank draft from your checking or savings account, the Automatic Monthly Payment Plan should be your choice. You will still receive a monthly bill statement but there will be a notation on the bill statement that there is a bank draft scheduled on the due date.
To sign up, members should go to clayelectric.com, logon to “My Account Logon” and click on “Payment Options.”
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