Georgia Magazine - April 2017 - 15
Habersham EMC leases electric cars to local technical college
COURTESY HABERSHAM EMC
abersham Electric Membership
Corp. (EMC) in Clarkesville recently leased two electric cars
to North Georgia Technical College
(NGTC) in Clarkesville for its driver's
Habersham EMC CEO Jonathan
Cantrell says the cars, originally purchased for the co-op fleet, "were great
for the intended use, but we thought
they would benefit the driver's training course at NGTC more, [and] students could also experience driving
an electric hybrid car."
The driver's education course
is offered to 15- to 18-year-olds on
a first-come, first-served basis. Since
2015, the college has trained more
than 500 students through the program.
"This program has proved to be
a success, as the number of accidents
involving teen drivers has declined
statewide," says Carol Jackson, NGTC
associate vice president of economic
development and director of driver
education. "The addition of these
Habersham EMC's David Foster (left of the car) and Jonathan Cantrell (right of the car)
present one of two electric cars the co-op has leased to North Georgia Technical College's
driver's education program. Representing the college are, from left, Vicky Frankum, economic development coordinator; Mark Ivester, president; Leslie Foster, director of continuing
education; Carol Jackson, associate vice president of economic development; Rick Story,
vice president of economic development;
two cars will allow us to train more and Tim Bennett, director of customized/
students and save more lives. It all contract training.
comes down to getting drivers home
For more information about
the driver's training course, go to
2017 Distinguished Cooperators recognized
The honorees were
member of the board of
directors for Southern Rivers Energy in Barnesville;
Wayne Windham, chief operations manager at Grady
Electric Membership Corp.
(EMC) in Cairo; and Charles
Rucks, member of the board
of directors at AgSouth Farm
Credit, a Statesboro-based
From left, Sauney Pippen, Charles Rucks and Wayne
lending cooperative that speWindham were honored with the 2017 Distinguished
cializes in loans to farmers
Cooperator Awards on March 6.
and other rural residents.
hree 2017 Distinguished CooperaThe awards recognize outstandtor Award honorees were named ing achievement in the cooperative
at the Georgia Cooperative Coun- industry. The featured speaker at the
cil's annual meeting on March 6 at meeting was Georgia Department
the Georgia Farm Bureau Headquar- of Agriculture Commissioner Gary
ters in Macon.
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Walton members get
$6.3 million in refunds
any members of Monroe-based
Walton Electric Membership Corp.
(EMC) got a pleasant surprise when
they opened their December bills: capital
The cooperative's board of directors
voted to return more than $6.3 million in
capital credits last year. About 121,500
co-op members who had accounts in 1990
and/or 2015 received refunds. The individual amounts returned to members were
based on their electric bills.
"Showing a profit is self-defeating
in the cooperative business model," says
CEO Ronnie Lee. "Walton EMC is owned
by the same people who receive its services. That's why we return leftover revenues."
After paying off debt and establishing a reserve for unexpected events (such
as a catastrophic ice storm), the board
determines if it's financially prudent to issue a refund, usually via credits on electric bills. To date, Walton EMC has issued
$87.6 million in capital credit refunds.