News and Events
January 13, 2012
January 6, 2012
Thanks to everyone who came out to support our American Red Cross blood drive on January 5th. Your donations will truly make a difference in many lives!
December 16, 2011
PGEC Returns Capital Credit to Cooperative Members The Cooperative’s Board of Directors approved the refund of capital credit allocations to Cooperative members who received electric service in 1990 and 2010 with refunds totaling over $1.4 million.
The refund of capital credits is one of the benefits provided to you as a member /customer of the Cooperative. In the last 15 years, Prince George Electric Cooperative has refunded over $7,091,789 to its members. Customer ownership is one of the benefits of belonging to a Cooperative.
Eligible current members will see a retirement refunded as a credit on their next electric bill. Former members qualifying for a refund will receive a check later this month.
November 29, 2011
PO Box 2200 in Prince George will no longer be in use by PGEC effective December 1, 2011. Please send your payments to PO Box 620 Waverly, Va. 23890. Be sure to change any automatic payment you may have with your bank also to avoid delays in credits to your account.
November 4, 2011
Watch the mail for your November-December issue of Cooperative Living. Your members-only 2012 Energy Savers calendar is inside!!!
October 14, 2011
PGEC has contracted with a company called GEO Nav to perform an inventory of its electrical distribution system. GEO Nav will be driving around & videotaping PGEC's service territory to gather data for PGEC's Geographical Information System (GIS). You may see one of their trucks in your neighborhood. The trucks will have a sign with the PGEC logo and identifying the vehicle as a PGEC contractor. Please call the office at 804-834-2424 if you have any questions or concerns. More information about this exciting project will be coming!
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October 3, 2011
Sales Tax Holiday When: This four-day holiday begins on the Friday before the second Monday of October each year. The 2011 holiday will take place Friday, October 7, 2011, through Monday, October 10, 2011.
What's Exempt: During this period, consumers may purchase certain Energy Star qualified products exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax. The exempt items include: any dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostat, or refrigerator, the energy efficiency of which has been designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each such agency’s requirements under the Energy Star program.
The exemption is also available for WaterSense qualified products containing a WaterSense label. In order to be eligible for the Energy Star or WaterSense sales tax holiday exemptions, products must cost $2,500 or less per item and be purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
September 2, 2011
9:00 a.m. At this time, power has been restored to over 95% of our customers since Monday when the crews went to work. There are about 500 members still without power.
The Garysville substation was brought back on line late yesterday and power restored to 1,150 of those served by that substation last night. Crews are continuing to work today for those remaining without power on this substation.
The general areas we will be working today are: In Disputanta (Golf Course Dr., County Line Rd., East Quaker Rd., Easy St., and Binford Lake), Davis Truck Stop, Eagle Ln., Beaverdam Rd., and Berryman’s Corner Rd.
Crews are also working individual damage situations. If you do not live in the areas mentioned, please DO stay on the line and let a Customer Service Representative know that you are still without power. Keep in mind that any damage you have to your electric service at the weather head will need to be repaired before we can reconnect your power.
A critical note: For our linemen’s safety, if you are running a generator and see crews working in your area, please turn the generator off. This is very important to prevent any possible back feed of electricity to the lines the crews are working on.
August 31, 2011
4:30 p.m. Another 1,000 customers have power now since today’s earlier message.
Crews are continuing to work down the circuits from Baker’s Pond, Spring Grove and Beachland substations. At this point the crews are moving onto different streets and roads as the route works best for them. The timing and location of restores becomes very fluid. Consequently, it is more difficult to say specifically what area work is being done at this point. With the exception of Garysville substation, the repairs and power restores are moving towards the end of the circuits or power lines away from the subs.
We were contacted by Dominion Virginia Power earlier today and advised they had run into an area of transmission lines that would take longer to repair than first projected. They may have their work done by the end of tomorrow, Thursday. If that happens, we anticipate power restoration to those members served by Garysville substation by Friday evening.
August 31, 2011
3:00 p.m. Prince George County has opened a convenience shelter with "Showers and Power". Electronics and medical devices can be charged and showers are available. The shelter is located at JEJ Moore Middle School at 11455 Prince George Dr. This will be open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon until further notice.
Non-drinking water distribution that can be used to flush toilets, and cook or drink if boiled first, is being delivered from county hydrants. Bring your own containers to collect the water. BAnk of McKenny parking lot, Jefferson Park Rd. at Owens Way, Courthouse parking lot, Courts Dr. near Scott park and the old "Pumpkins" restaurant parking lot on Crater Rd. These are self service. Bottled water is available at Prince George County High School on Laurel Springs Rd.
August 31, 2011
9:00 a.m. The total number of customers who have had their power restored stands at just over 8,000.
The Spring Grove substation was brought on line last night and we are working from the substation up Swanns Point Rd. and also Rt. 10 to Cabin Point Rd. Crews will ride down these lines from the substation, fix any repairs still needed, get sections of line back on and see if anything remains to be addressed such as a blown fuse. Then they will move to the next section and continue working out from the substation in this manner.
The Baker’s Pond substation is up and 2 additional crews have been moved to that area to assist with the excessive amount of damage. This area includes Hair Rd.
We have been told by Dominion Virginia Power that the repairs to the transmission lines that serve our Garysville substation are going very well and the substation should be back on by nightfall. Our crews have worked the areas served by that substation so power should be restored within a few hours of the substation being brought back on. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we expect members in those areas should have power by morning.
Crews continue to work down the circuits from Beachland substation and customers will have power restored as the crews move from one section to another.
There may be some “single taps” or lines that run through the woods to a house or group of houses off the main road or street. These may not be repaired as the crews go by. The overall utility restoration protocol calls for getting the most customers back on as quickly as safely possible. If you find yourself in this situation, you have not been overlooked, but the damage was too great for the crews to take on at that time.
Similarly, you may have damage to your service such as the weatherhead where the power line attaches to your house has pulled away. That is something you will need to get fixed before we can make your service “hot” (energized) again. If you need some assistance with what needs to be done, please call our office at 804-834-2424 and speak to a customer service representative.
August 30, 2011
8:00 p.m. There is overall good news from the day’s work. An additional 2,000 customers have power now and power has been restored to about 70% of those who were without power at the end of Hurricane Irene.
The Baker’s Pond substation is up and good progress has been made with power restoration on Prince George Dr., Templeton Rd., Walton Lake Rd., and the Lamore Drive areas.
The Prince George substation is up and Branchester Lakes, Middle Rd., and Birchett Estates are on. Services off the Waverly substation towards Carsley are still being worked as are those on Cabin Point Rd. in both directions from the Feed Mill.
There are about 92 services remaining to restore in the Wakefield area. The Spring Grove substation is expected to be brought on line and power restored tomorrow night. That area includes Hollybush Rd., Route 10, and Swann’s Point.
The Beachland substation is receiving power from the transmission line at this time and customers are being brought back online. This process starts with the services closest to the substation and goes out down the circuits from that. It is expected that most everyone on that substation should be on by tomorrow night.
We know that Dominion Virginia Power has started the necessary repair work on the transmission line that feeds Garysville substation. If there are no unforeseen problems with the repairs, that substation could be back up in 2 days.
August 30, 2011
3:45 p.m. Crews have been able to get power restored to another 718 members so far today. They continue to work in the same general areas as this morning.
Wildwood Farms, parts of Yale and the Petersburg Rd. and Shingleton Road areas out of Waverly are back on. Work continues in Yale and the lines from Waverly towards Carsley are now being worked.
Repairs in the New Bohemia area has picked up now that the repairs in the swamp have been completed but there is still a lot of damage in that area. Crews are working the line towards Holdsworth Rd. and Templeton Rd.
August 30, 2011
9:30 a.m. In the two days we have been working since Hurricane Irene tore through our system, we have restored power to 50% of our members.
Currently, we expect the Wildwood Farm/Rt. 35 area to be back up by tomorrow night. All services from the Wakefield area should be back up by the end of the day. Mica Drive is the only area from the New Bohemia substation that is down and it is expected to be restored by late tonight.
There are several crews working the Waverly area, but we do not have an estimated time for completion of that work. A few individual outages remain in the Bacon’s Castle and Carson areas where single taps to homes are damaged. Baker's Pond substation, which includes the areas around Hair Rd., Prince George Dr., and Templeton Rd., is expected to be without power for another 3 days.
We anticipate information from our power supplier later today regarding the status of power transmission restoral to the substations at Garrysville, Spring Grove, and Beechland.
Please be aware that once your power is restored, there may be a need to take you off line briefly so that repair work can be completed in another area and additional members restored. These instances do not happen often and do not usually last more than 30 minutes to an hour.
August 29, 2011
7:20 p.m. Power to an additional 350 services has been restored this afternoon. It looks hopeful that additional services out of the Wakefield area and the Bacon’s Castle area will be on by tomorrow morning.
For the New Bohemia area, line crews are being slowed by the amount of work needed in the swamp. The area around Carson is ready as far as PGEC goes. We are waiting for Dominion to restart transmission to the substation there. That could be by morning.
Heavy damage was sustained in the areas of Hair Rd, Prince George Dr. and Templeton Rd. Crews continue to work there. The substations at Spring Grove and Beechland are down due to lack of power transmission. It is expected to be another 4 days before Dominion Va. Power has power to those substations.
The area that will be the longest to come back on is surrounded by the following: Jordan on the James, Rivers Edge, Coggins Point, Heritage Rd., Centennial Rd., Pole Run Rd. Easy St., Lebanon Rd., Hines Rd., Kiser Dr., Deep Bottom Rd. and Moody Rd. Unfortunately, the transmission line feeding this substation is on the ground and will have to be rebuilt. At this point, the best estimate is 4-5 days.
August 29, 2011
- There are no lines or poles down around me, why don’t I have power? That can happen and the reason is that the power line runs from your house back down a circuit to the substation. If there are any problems between your house and the substation, you will not have power. Let's say you have 30 miles of line between your house and the substation.
If there are 10 broken poles and 15 miles of line down between those two points, that all has to be repaired before the power can be brought from the substation to your house.
- Why do my neighbors have lights and I don’t? You power may be brought to you from a different substation, circuit or phase. These are all parts of the system that get the electricity to your house and even houses next door to each other or across the street from each other can be supplied power by different “routes” over the power lines. In some cases, if the problem is with the substation it is a power supplier issue. Virginia Dominion Power owns the transmission lines that bring power to our substations. The transmission towers and lines are the really large gray structures you may have noticed. Currently, we are only receiving electric energy to 4 of our 10 substations from Virginia Dominion Power. Even as we work to rebuild our system to deliver the energy to your house, you won’t get power until Va Dominion Power has those transmission lines functioning.
- How much longer before my power is restored? It is difficult to pinpoint when power will be restored to a given area. Even if a crew is assigned to work in an area on a particular day, the pace of the work depends on what is found in the field. Perhaps a pole has to be replaced that did not appear to be broken in a "ride by"...that takes more time. A crew working in one area may need to break off to assist another crew in a different location for a major task such as re-stringing wire or setting a series of poles.
The pace of the work - how quickly areas are "put on"- the nature of problems found as work is done in the distribution system drives the restoration times.
August 29, 2011
9:20 a.m. An additional 622 customers had power restored yesterday evening including Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park. 9,223 remain without power.
Today, crews will be working in the Holdsworth Road area where there are 5 miles of cross-country (through the woods) to be inspected. Restoration in that area will largely depend on what is found in the cross-country.
Line repairs for those out of the Wakefield area are expected to be completed today however, the Wakefield substation is still down. Until the power supplier begins transmission to that substation the area will still be without power.
Repairs are coming along nicely for those in the Bacon’s Castle area and there should be restorations later today. Work continues in the Jefferson Park Road location. There is quite a bit of damage in that area.
Dinwiddie County will have a limited supply of water and ice available for county residents, while supplies last, who have an ID starting at 9:00 a.m. today that can be picked up at Dinwiddie Elementary School on Boydton Plank Rd.
Surry County will have a limited supply of water and ice available, while supplies last, for county residents who have an ID at the Government Center today. We want to thank you for your continued patience during this difficult time.
We appreciate the supportive comments we have received and are sharing those with the line crews who are working so hard to get power restored as quickly as safely possible.
August 28, 2011
8:20 p.m. Later tonight, we expect the Waverly substation to be brought on line by our power supplier. At that time, we will have restored over 1,900 services today. Additional crews have arrived and will join forces with those put in place prior to the storm. Though we are making progress, it could still be 10 days before everyone has power. The destruction to the distribution system that Virginia has seen is second only to Hurricane Isabel. As we move through the repair process we may be able to provide some estimate of times for certain areas. At this time there are too many variables to make predictions for restoration times.
August 28, 2011
10:20 a.m. PGEC's electric distribution system has suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Irene. 10,975 of our 11,151 electric services are without power. Downed power lines and transformers, broken poles,and fallen trees on lines have been reported from around the area. Only two substations are receiving power. We have an additional 12 crews working with PGEC crews to safely make repairs. This will be a lengthy restoration process. At this point, we do not have any estimated time of power restoral for any areas. It is extremely important to keep safety in mind. Do not attempt to move any downed poles or wire. Please check on your neighbors, especially if they have special needs, and offer any assistance you can. We thank you for your patience.
August 27, 2011
6:00 p.m. Our power supplier is not currently transmitting power to several of our substations. This has resulted in a significant number of members being without electric power. About 50% of our service area is now without power. If you are not prepared to stay the night without power, it is strongly recommended that you move to a shelter or other location.
Dale Bradshaw, CEO of Prince George Electric Cooperative, has been meeting with key staff in recent days watching the path of Hurricane Irene and making plans for a worst case scenario. "We have over 11,000 services spread across 1,286 miles of power line in the 6 counties and one town we serve. Our focus has been on how to best mobilize our personnel and equipment to reduce the length of time our members are without power."
"Steps have been taken to anticipate needs if this becomes a major outage event," added Robert Hall, Manager of Corporate Services. "Schedules are being looked at for everything from line crews, to administrative personnel to customer service representatives. We will be staffed 24/7."
There are a number of steps that each individual needs to take also. Fill your vehicle with gas. Have non-perishable food items available that can be prepared on a grill or without cooking. Give extra consideration to leaving home if you have an infant, elderly person or someone with special medical needs living with you. "It is important to remember that you may be without power for an extended period of time. Hurricane Isabel was the last major weather system we have had to deal with and some were without power for several days. Please take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and comfort of anyone in your home who may need special attention," cautions Lynn Thornton, Manager of Member Services. Remember to stay away from downed power lines. Always assume they are energized. Emergencies should be coordinated by your local emergency response and/or public safety officials.
June 29, 2011 - Save money and lower your lighting costs! Use the coupon for $2.50, enclosed in your July bill statement, to purchase your next CFL lightbulb. CFL's use less electricity than standard light bulbs. Remember to protect the environment and return used bulbs to a business who can properly dispose of CFL's such as Home Depot or Lowe's.
March 10, 2011 - PGEC would like to make you aware of any issues potentially affecting your electric costs. To stay informed, please provide your preferred email address to www.pgec.info, subject INFORMED. Your email address will not be sold or used for any other purpose. Of course, you may request to be removed at any time.
2011 Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives Educational Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for 2011. Please see the "Scholarships" page for details and application.
Big cable companies are quietly lobbying the General Assembly for an unfair special bailout. And they want electric cooperative members like you to pay for it.
The cable companies want the General Assembly to put a cap on the fees they pay local electric cooperatives to run cable wires on electric poles. Those caps will force your cooperative to raise your electricity costs to make up the shortfall.
If the cable companies get their bailout, you will pay more. Even if cable is not available where you live. If that happens, cable wins and you lose. Tell your Senator and Delegate "I will not pay to bailout cable!" Visit www.CableWinsYouLose.com to take a stand.
Prepare now for winter storm season. Recommended items to have on hand include:
- flashlight and batteries
- bottled water
- medical prescriptions
- ready-to-eat foods
- battery powered radio