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Location:
5722 Eastman Street
Eastman, GA 31023

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 669
Eastman, GA 31023

Telephone:
(478) 374-7001

E-mail:
consvc@ocmulgeeemc.com

Green Power EMC

Through Green Power EMC, we give YOU the power to help the environment. Since 2003, our nonprofit corporation has offered customersof participating Georgia electric cooperatives the opportunity to support cleaner, renewable energy to supply a portion of their electric needs Green Power EMC utilizes "green" resources such as biomass, solar, wind, and water to generate electricity. We were the first in Georgia to invite our consumers to choose how some of their electricity is produced. Since inception, Green Power EMC has generated over 137,786,825 kilowatt-hours of green energy, providing the same environmental benefits as taking 136,618 cars off Georgia roads, or planting 194.680 acres in trees. For more information visit www.greenpoweremc.com

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Ocmulgee Electric Membership Corporation Green Power program is Green-e Energy certified, and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org.

Consumers will have the opportunity to purchase 150-kilowatt blocks of green power at $4.00 per 150-kilowatt block from Ocmulgee EMC. If you are an Ocmulgee EMC customer and are interested in purchasing Green Power call 478-374-7001 or 1-800-342-5509.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is "green power?"

A:  Green power is electric energy produced by renewable, more environmentally friendly sources, leading to less negative air, water and natural resource impacts. Typical technologies used to create green power are solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydropower.

Q: What is Green Power EMC?

A: Green Power EMC is a group of member-owned electric cooperatives in Georgia who have joined together, creating a non-profit corporation, to facilitate procurement and marketing of electricity from cleaner, greener Georgia sources. The most-environmentally friendly power ever created in Georgia will be added to the member-cooperatives power mix, and offered to members on a subscriber basis as a power option that will enable them to contribute to a cleaner environment.

Q: What technology source will provide the largest source of green power for users?

A: In the start-up stage of Green Power EMC, existing methane gas from landfills will provide the largest source of cleaner energy. Over 300 landfills in Georgia have been researched, with 10 being classified as excellent candidates-the first and lowest cost to develop.

Q: What are the components of a landfill gas system?

A: A landfill gas to electricity system has three basic components: a gas collection system, which gathers the gas being produced within the landfill, a gas processing and conversion system, which cleans the gas and converts it into electricity, and interconnection components.

Q: What exactly are the environmental benefits of this "green power"?

A: EMC green power projects would have the same environmental benefits as any one of the following: taking 144,000 cars off the road, planting 156,000 acres of forest, annually displacing the use of 312,000 tons of coal; or avoiding the use of 1,211,500 barrels of oil each year.

Q: What will be the cost of this environmentally friendly energy?

A: The cost for green power will be slightly higher than that created from usual sources due to the cost of the technologies involved. The extra cost is a small price to pay for the environmental benefits for generations to come. Only those members who subscribe will pay the additional cost. Ocmulgee EMC will be selling green power in blocks of 150-kilowatt hours. The cost will be $4.00 per 150-kilowatt hour block purchased.

Q: I understand this is the first such program in the state of Georgia. Do other electric utilities outside of Georgia offer this program?

A: More than 80 utilities offer similar programs throughout the U.S. including electric membership cooperatives in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Mississippi, Tennessee and the West. Environmental groups who are working together to help the nation move toward cleaner air and water initiatives support in President Bush's National Energy Plan and Congressional draft legislation, as well as green power programs. The electric membership community is excited to be able to present this new initiative to its members, many of whom have requested such a program.

Q: How will I know that this "green power" is actually being run into my home?

A: The renewable energy that you will be purchasing is not directly routed to your home, but by subscribing you are helping to support the purchase of additional clean energy and encouraging more investment nationwide in environmentally friendly ways to generate power. For every environmentally friendly kilowatt-hour purchased by cooperative members, one less kilowatt-hour is being purchased from other less environmentally friendly sources such as coal-based energy.