Proposed Government Regulations Are Challenging to Members' Electric Bills | Business
REYNOLDS/PERRY/WARNER ROBINS/COLUMBUS-Proposed government regulations are expected to be extremely challenging for Flint Energies member bills, according to Chief Executive Officer Bob Ray.
“Since 2008, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has generated at least nine new regulations which attempt to reduce coal-fired generation for power plants,” said Ray. “Just two of those regulations have already cost Flint members $105 million.”
“These regulations essentially prevent construction of future coal generation plants,” he said. “The new ‘Clean Power Plan’ which has been proposed gives Georgia no credit for already reducing emissions since 2005, sets targets for renewable energy and efficiency which will cost more than they save, calls for more natural gas generation but no more gas pipelines to get the gas into Georgia….and effectively destroys affordable energy for our members.”
Flint’s members have been responding to the EPA by writing emails at www.tellepa.com
Ray updated the members on other project during his presentation. Flint’s newest project for its members is the construction of the new Headquarters building in Reynolds and an operation center west of Reynolds at the old Trae Chevrolet property.
“This construction confirms Flint’s firm commitment to its rural roots,” said Ray.
Ray also told the audience about the cooperative’s response to new solar generation possibilities, how members have new choices with Pay Your Way prepaid electric service, and what Flint is doing to ensure the cybersecurity of its assets.
The meeting attendees also honored important contributions made by two members who passed away this year. The “Spirit of Flint” award went to the family of William L. Brown. Brown served the Flint Energies Board of Directors for 26 years, ascending to Chairman’s seat where he served 8 years. A “Distinguished Service” award was made to the wife of Dick Walden, who served as Master of Ceremonies at the Flint annual meetings for many years.
Flint Energies hosted some 1,000 members at its 77th annual meeting of members held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. Nearly 2800 members participated in the annual meeting process by returning their mail ballot.
The top prizes awarded were two $1500 Flint Energies shopping sprees that can be used to pay a member’s electric bill. The winners were Tangie Moroney of Fort Valley and Mr. and Mrs. Tobbie L Jones of Warner Robins. 40 other members won an array of door prizes which included numerous electric appliances and gift cards along with a big-screen TV.
About Flint Energies www.flintenergies.com
Flint Energies is a not-for-profit cooperative owned by thousands of members in parts of 17 central Georgia counties. Flint directly employs 233 employees and serves more than 86,400 electric meters. We are 100% locally-controlled and democratically governed by 11 members elected from among the membership. In 1937, Flint Energies was created to bring people together to meet common needs like reliable electric energy, and our mission remains focused on improving the quality of life in Middle Georgia.
Flint is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, part of the nationwide family of electric cooperatives exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. Flint Energies is also a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, part of a nationwide family of electric cooperatives exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. Flint’s members give their cooperative an American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) score of 84, which rates higher than most investor-owned utilities in the country.
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