Rebate checks in mail for Cobb EMC customers
by Brandon Wilson
bwilson@mdjonline.com
February 12, 2010 01:00 AM | 6409 views | 12 12 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb EMC members will receive rebate checks in their mailboxes beginning today due to power costing less than anticipated in 2009.

The electric co-operative's board of directors last month approved $5 million in rebates to its 190,000 customers. The average rebate is $20. The rebate is directly proportional to the amount of electricity used; therefore, those who used more power will get a larger rebate.

"At the conclusion of 2009, Cobb EMC had funds remaining from its wholesale power adjustment, which means the power purchased for delivery to homes and businesses of its 190,000 members did not cost as much as anticipated," according to a release from the co-op.

Larry Chadwick, chairman of the Cobb EMC board of directors, said, "It always comes as a pleasant surprise when the cost to acquire electricity comes in below what we expect it to be. Assuring that our members have reliable and affordable electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a complicated puzzle that we are constantly working to solve."

Cobb EMC spokeswoman Carol Cookerly said the co-op has sent out $38 million in rebates since 1994. The last disbursement was in 2004, she said.

Checks were mailed out Thursday, Cookerly said.
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Shafted
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February 19, 2010
Just wanted everyone to know that even if you had service during the ENTIRE YEAR OF 2009, you won't necessarily get a rebate check. We maintained electrical service at a rental house we owned, (occupied by our daughter). Another tenant moved in earlier this year (2010), so NOBODY gets credit for calendar year of 2009! Shafted, but not the first time EMC has shafted their customers. When I called to inquire about this, I was told ONLY Active accounts qualify for credit......funny, I paid them every month @ rental property....just as I did @ my home address. The credit was supposed to be for power that cost them MORE than they projected in 2009....translated in mind, at least, that the overcharged me during the entire year.
Unimpressed Big Time
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February 18, 2010
Cobb EMC and parent Cobb Energy have become repositories for irresponsibility as far as customer service and ethics go. (Electric service operations, however, are extremely good in my experience.)

The pawltry refund check of $9.18 I received was a virtual joke considering the 34% increase in my bill WITHOUT an increase in usage I have had in the last 18 months -- supposedly due to "the cost of wholesale power". Just as another writer posted below, this rebate check thing is a true sham to put propaganda out about yet another big lawsuit against this alleged Membership Cooperative -- thanks to the ethically challenged Mr. Brown and his cronies. It is also a sham in terms of the amount of the payment.

Nice try at assuaging the anger of your customers, Cobb EMC. It didn't work. You'll be hearing more from us, and you won't like it. In the mean time, you better come up with some straight answers that actually make sense. Right now it looks to us like you've got something mightly big to hide.
EMC member
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February 15, 2010
Yes, I too like to receive money; however, this is the first rebate that I have received after being a member for 27 years. Is it just a coincidence that these rebates are being issued after the board has gotten such a bad reputation lately?
anonymous
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February 15, 2010
To satisfied with service: Cobb EMC is a not for profit company and its members should decide if they want their money being donated to other entities. Let Cobb FC raise its own money and let Cobb EMC keep its own money and use it to keep rates low as it should be!
Satisfied w/ Service
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February 14, 2010
Did I read the same article as all of y'all?

I like it when companies send me money back in the mail. And this article doesn't reference a soccer complex, but I also like it when companies support our community.

Satisfied w/ Service
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February 14, 2010
Did I read the same article as y'all?

I personally like it when I get sent money in the mail.

The article doesn't mention this soccer complex, but I also like it when businesses put money into the local community.
John in East Cobb
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February 14, 2010
Got my $22.81 check yesterday. First time to receive one for me
Angry "member"
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February 13, 2010
Why did they waste our money mailing checks instead of just posting the rebate as a credit on our bills? I can answer that. It was to send out their propaganda about the lawsuit. It cost more than the big giant $8 I got to process and mail that crap. I can guarantee there would have been no rebates if they didn't need an excuse to mail out this BS defending themselves. Will they ever stop ripping us off??
Soccer Club??????
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February 13, 2010
Must be nice for one of the Cobb EMC affilates to pass out my money. Don't get me wrong, I am all for helping out childrens sports, but there has to be a line drawn. By the way, maybe someone should check out just how much the Director of Coaching makes there. $80,000 PLUS a year!!!!

Mr. Head, what's up with all the delay's?. Mr. Brown and all of his "buddies" will all be retired, and possibly in their grave's before anything is done? Personally, to me, given all of the information you have, it is starting to look like maybe you have even fallen into Mr. Browns circle of "friends"?
rather not
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February 13, 2010
Now if THEY would just take care of the employees.
Hello DA?
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February 12, 2010
Is anything going to happen with that DA investigation? Almost a year and nothing. And its nice to know that one of Cobb EMC's "affiliates", ProCore Solutions has enough money to make extremely generous charitable contributions to a local soccer club to build/maintain its fields. Whats up with that?
Pat H
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February 12, 2010
This is the FIRST rebate I will have received and I have been a customer since 1980. What I would rather receive instead of a paltry refund is notice that our DA has arrested the Browns and their cronies. Do we even have a DA in Cobb? Illegals all over every road and building project, illegal loans and canceled meetings by the EMC. Exactly how serious of a crime needs to occur before Mr. Head is interested?
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