Best described as barreling east from Waycross, Georgia, following Highway 82 through Brantley County and on to the coastal areas, mid-afternoon storms left a trail of downed trees and power lines through Okefenoke REMC’s service territory.
As part of its annual system maintenance plan, Okefenoke REMC will begin pole inspections April 20 on its distribution system in parts of Charlton County in Georgia and Baker County in Florida. About 8,000 poles will be inspected over the next two months beginning in St. George, Georgia, moving west to Moniac, south to Taylor, Florida, then over to Glen St. Mary and Macclenny, Florida, and back up to St. George.
While OREMC has suspended disconnects and late fees until Friday, April 17 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, our consumer-members are encouraged to contact Customer Service at 800-262-5131 to make payment arrangements to avoid a higher balance when disconnects and late fees are reinstated.
Okefenoke REMC is pleased to welcome Cody Ragsdale as a system operator in the cooperative’s control center located at the Nahunta office. He joins Bradley Mobley, Joey Steedley and Ana OREMC's news system operator Cody RagsdaleStrickland in providing 24/7 coverage of OREMC’s system operations. Using SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), system operators can recognize potential problems in the substations and down line devices and assist with power restoration efforts by coordinating communication with line crews and/or remote operation of substation equipment.
Okefenoke REMC has made a $2,500 donation to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at Baker County High School in Glen St. Mary, Florida. Wayne Combs, president, OREMC Board of Directors, presented the donation to Principal Allen Murphy, S.T.E.M. Teachers Byronelle Williams and Foster Bennett, and some of their students.
Door hinges. Jumper cables. Copper pipe. Wire jumpers. “We’ve seen it all by people who are trying to divert power by bypassing their meter,” notes OREMC Member Service Representative Royce Proctor. “Power theft is a crime that can lead to jail time, thousands of dollars in fines or even worse, death.”
Submitted by Rebecca Lang
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So, you are thinking about solar. Like many energy consumers you care about the environment and seek ways to reduce your own carbon footprint. The benefits of solar to help achieve these goals are without question:
Solar is a fully renewable resource. By harnessing the power of the sun we generate green power that doesn’t emit any pollutants into the atmosphere.
Once installed, solar is sustainable and needs relatively low maintenance.
It is an investment in the future to offset the rising costs—monetarily and environmentally—of fossil fuels.
Helping young Georgia scholars who show academic promise reach their full potential, but struggle to chart their course due to lack of personal guidance and resources, is the goal of the REACH Georgia Scholarship program. Okefenoke REMC recently made a $1,500 donation to help fund the program that will specifically support a student in need living in the co-op’s southeast GeorgiaOREMC makes check presentation to REACH Georgia. service area.