News and Events
November 22, 2013
Cooperative members in Isle of Wight County located from the intersection of Magnet Drive and Stallings Creek Drive, past Green Level Road and Pons Road to Mill Swamp Baptist Church will be affected by a brief power interruption of approximately 10 minutes on Monday, November 25 at approximately 9:00 a.m. We will work as quickly as is safely possible to minimize the inconvenience to our members. We appreciate your patience during this operation.
2014 Electric Cooperative Educational Scholarships
November 1, 2013
High School Seniors Can Apply for 2014 Electric Cooperative Scholarships (press release).
For detailed information on the Eligibility and Application Requirements and to access the 2014 Educational Scholarship Application, please go online to www.vmdaec.com or www.co-opliving.com/community/scholarship.htm. The Application Form must be submitted electronically to email@example.com no later than midnight on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. The Application Packet must be postmarked no later than midnight on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 or hand-delivered to the VMDAEC Office no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Annual Meeting Highlights
September 2, 2013
Check out the September issue of Cooperative Living for highlights from the Cooperative's 75th Annual Meeting!
Impact of Clean Air Act
June 26, 2013
Community Electric Cooperative Alarmed by President Obama’s Proposal to Increase Monthly Electric Bills
In a June 25, 2013, speech at Georgetown University, President Obama announced a broad new federal mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants. The President will instruct federal regulators to apply the Clean Air Act to carbon dioxide issued from power plants.
While the President’s scheme will impose a massive new climate tax upon all consumers; we at Community Electric Cooperative are especially concerned about this proposal because our members already spend disproportionately more on energy than other consumers across the country.
“The President’s proposal will hit co-op served families and businesses here awfully hard,” said Cooperative President/CEO, Steven A. Harmon. “These regulations are costly, and they take autonomy from our co-op by challenging our ability to make decisions that govern our own infrastructure.”
The President’s climate tax fails to take into account electric cooperatives’ existing efforts to integrate renewable energy into our power portfolios. Co-ops are at the forefront of energy efficiency initiatives working hard to reduce the need to build expensive new power plants.
“Ultimately, electric cooperatives are about keeping electric bills affordable and providing underserved communities the power they need to improve their quality of life,” said Harmon. “The President’s proposal will make electric power more expensive, causing families and businesses to sacrifice on top of all the other uncertainty in our national economy. Without question, electric bills will get bigger for the Americans who can least afford to pay them.”
If the President doesn’t see the importance of affordable electric power, then the members of our Cooperative must help bring it to his attention.”
Nominating Committee Report
June 7, 2013
N O T I C E T O T H E M E M B E R S H I P
In accordance with Article IV, Section 4 of the Bylaws of Community Electric Cooperative, a Nominating Committee appointed by the Board of Directors met June 15, 2012, at the Cooperative's office, Windsor, Virginia. The meeting was called to order by the duly elected Chairman, J. Derwood Bunch, who kept the minutes thereof. The Chairman then announced that the following were present:
|Ashby B. Brown||J. Derwood Bunch||Edwin D. Holland|
|Gayle B. Brown||Donald C. Cross||J. David Saunders|
|James L. Bryant||Joe L. Everett||Peter F. Crocker|
being all members of the Nominating Committee.
In accordance with the Bylaws, the Nominating Committee nominated the following candidates for directors for a three (3) year term to be voted upon by the membership of the Cooperative at the Annual Meeting to be held Monday, August 13, 2012, at Windsor High School, Church Street, Windsor, Virginia.
|CITY OF SUFFOLK||ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY||SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY|
|Carey M. Copeland||Diana F. Beale||Jeannette S. Everett|
Signed: J. Derwood Bunch, Chairman
2013 Education Scholarship Winners Announced
June 6, 2013
Stephen Ayers of Suffolk and Megan Owens and Madison Whitehurst, both from Franklin, have earned scholarships awarded by the Educational Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).
Stephen, a senior at Lakeland High School and the son of Rhoda Ayers, plans to attend Virginia Tech. The daughter of Sylvia and Buford Owens, Megan is a senior at Southampton High School and has been accepted by the College of William and Mary. Madison, the daughter of William and Jennifer Whitehurst, is also a senior at Southampton High School and plans to attend Christopher Newport University.
Each student was awarded their scholarship based on a competitive screening process and was eligible for consideration because their parents are consumer-members of Community Electric Cooperative. Applicants must be entering their first semester of college, technical or trade school in the autumn of 2013.
This year, the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation received 212 applications from students in areas served by electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The Foundation is awarding 48 Worth M. Hudson Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each and two C.D Hypes Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to a total of 50 high school seniors. Recipients were chosen based on financial need (40 percent), academic achievement (40 per cent) and a personal statement (20 percent).
The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations and proceeds from the Spring Round-Up Golf Tournament. The Worth M. Hudson Scholarships are named in honor of the first chair of the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation and former chair of the board of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, Va. The C.D Hypes Memorial Scholarships are named in memory of the late C.D Hypes, who taught agriculture in Virginia public schools for 30 years and also served on the board of Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative in New Castle, Va.
Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has awarded 409 electric cooperative scholarships totaling $308,500. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based upon funds available and these grants can be used to pay for tuition, fees and books.
Partners in Education
June 5, 2013
Community Electric Cooperative provided support in the form of bicycles for the AR Program awards at Carrsville Elementary School on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
The students' names, from left to right, are: Grace Chappell, J. P. Hopko, Samuel Shaffer, and Trinity Williams.
Payment Scam Warning
May 20, 2013
Community Electric Cooperative (CEC) has recently learned of efforts by scam artists who are trying to take your money. Scammers are calling people and claiming to work for a local electric company. The callers tell people that they’re late on their bill and that their service will be cut off if they don’t pay immediately. They then instruct people to purchase a prepaid debit card to pay their bill and call them back at a toll-free number and give the card number. Thieves then drain the value from the card.
Another scam involves scammers visiting electricity utility customers, telling them they will be disconnected if they do not immediately provide a money order or some other form of cash payment.
If you are visited by a CEC employee, he will be wearing a CEC uniform and driving a vehicle clearly marked CEC. If you are uncertain of someone claiming to be representing CEC in person or by phone, call the phone number on our web site or your utility bill to verify that you are talking to a CEC employee.
Do We Owe You Money?
May 8, 2013
Can you help us find these consumers? Check out our list of consumers whose capital credit refund checks were mailed and either returned unclaimed or uncashed as of March 1, 2013.
New President/CEO Selected
April 19, 2013
Steven A. Harmon has been selected as the new President of Community Electric Cooperative. He begins his duties with CEC on June 3, 2013. Click here to read the press release.
Reynolds to Retire
April 9, 2013
On April 30, James M. Reynolds will retire after 36 years as Community Electric Cooperative’s President. Reynolds’ retirement brings to a close a remarkable career of service to CEC and its member-owners. Read more in the May 2013 issue of Cooperative Living magazine or the press release distributed Friday, April 12, 2013.
Annual Meeting Date Set
March 21, 2013
Community Electric Cooperative's Board of Directors have set the date for the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting for Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., at Windsor High School. Check out the August issue of Cooperative Living for more information. We hope to see you there!