A Touchstone Energy Cooperative

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

New Directors Affirmed

The Albemarle EMC Annual Meeting was held Sept. 13. The following directors were re-elected: Tony Webb, Thelma Finch and L.A. Harris. Thanks to all of those who attended the Annual Meeting.

Members Urged to Contact EPA

New proposed EPA regulations could increase electricity prices, and when the cost of electricity goes up so does the cost of many other daily goods. Visit www.TellEPANC.com and tell the EPA we need a balanced solution to our energy future.

Teachers: Apply Early for Bright Ideas Grants and a Chance to Win

Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation is accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants to fund creative, classroom-based learning projects. The final deadline to apply is Sept. 19.

Co-op Now offers Pay As You Go Metering

Albemarle EMC now offers a Pay As You Go metering program for members.

Dial 811 for Underground Power Line Location

Each month we print a statement in this newsletter reminding you to “Dial before you dig”. This is so we can mark our underground lines to prevent you from striking them. Albemarle EMC joined North Carolina 811 effective May 1. What this means is that instead of calling us two business days before you dig, you must now dial 811 or 1-800-632-4949. NC811 will answer your call, get your locate information and then transmit it to us and the other utilities in your area. We will still mark our underground lines within 48 hours, for free. This call is mandatory. It will protect the person digging or excavating from unintentionally striking a utility line and causing inconvenient outages, having to pay for repairs, and most importantly, from causing harm to themselves or someone else. Don’t forget…call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 to request that underground utilities be marked before you start digging!