A Word from Wayne
Plant Vogtle deal makes for a bright energy future
In 2007, when the price of natural gas was double or even triple what it is today, Diverse Power, through our wholesale energy provider, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, actively sought opportunities to acquire safe, reliable and affordable electric generation resources to make sure we met your long-term power needs. Natural gas-fired generation was not a competitive
October Recipe: Goblin Cheese Ball
– 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened – 8 green olives stuffed with pimento, divided – 1 package dry ranch dressing mix – 1 red bell pepper, sliced – 1 pepperoncino pepper – coarse black pepper – slivered almonds – 2 tortilla chips – assorted crackers Mix cream cheese and ingredients of ranch packet thoroughly.
Diverse Power’s Wade Hall retires
Diverse Power Senior Vice President/CFO Wade Hall retired Aug. 14 after working at Diverse Power for almost 21 years. Hall came to work at the electric cooperative on Sept. 22, 1997, as division manager of Administration and Finance. While his role as chief financial officer remained basically the same, his title changed in 2000 to
Co-op Council hosts youth and couples conferences
(From left: Cheyenne Colley, Maddie Kirkwood and Devon Cushing attended the Georgia Cooperative Council Youth Leadership Conference in July.) Diverse Power sponsored three area high school students at Georgia Cooperative Council’s Youth Leadership Conference in July and a local couple at its Couples Conference in August. The Georgia Cooperative Council is composed of farm supply, financial, telephone,
Don’t miss out: Time to apply for grants, scholarships and Youth Tour
On Oct. 1, Diverse Power makes applications available for community and school grants, scholarships and the summer Washington Youth Tour. Applications for all of these are online at diversepower.com or dpfi.org. (See column at left for more information.) The Diverse Power Foundation will announce recipients of scholarships and school and community grants in late March.
1 pound regular or mild sausage 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimentos, drained 1 (2.25-ounce) canned sliced ripe olives, drained 1 (16-ounce) bottle ranch dressing 2 to 3 cups Mexican cheese, to taste 1 package (48 wraps) wonton wraps Brown sausage; when almost done browning, add peppers and onion.
Community helps school obtain bus
Students from Lafayette Christian School’s Discovery Cottage, in LaGrange, tried out their brand-new, handicapped-accessible school bus for the first time in May when they took a field trip to participate in Troup County Special Olympics. “We are so excited to have the bus,” says Headmaster John Cipolla. “The kids are going to get to do
Energy-Saving Tip – Water Heaters
Did you know you can use less electricity by replacing old water heaters with newer, more energy-efficient models? Old inefficient water heaters can account for almost 18% of your energy usage. For additional energy savings: • Drain a bucket of water from the bottom of the heater twice a year. The bottom can fill with
Long Cane’s GreenPower Tech spurs STEM learning
Long Cane Middle School seventh-grader Summer Horne has been working with her father on car maintenance for years. When she learned last year that she could transfer the knowledge she had gained from her father to the classroom, she signed up for the GreenPower Tech class and became part of the school’s Cougar Strong Racing Team.
Snake safety: Red touches yellow, dead fellow!
(Photo By Dorraine Stanley) Along with the Georgia heat, linemen and right-of-way workers sometimes have to deal with snakes in summer months. Fortunately, most encounters have no adverse consequences. Most snakes are harmless— and actually helpful as they feed on mice and other pests. It’s best to leave these snakes alone, allow- ing them to
Honoring the state’s top students
This past spring, Callaway High School graduate James Wood was one of 11 students in Georgia to receive the Walter Harrison Scholarship, which is sponsored by the state’s electric cooperatives, including Diverse Power. James was among 79 students from Georgia to apply for the $1,000 scholarship this year. Each year, applicants submit essays explaining why
Callaway High grad wins prestigious Walter Harrison Scholarship
James Wood, a graduate of Callaway High School, in LaGrange, has won the prestigious Walter Harrison Scholarship. It marks the fifth time in recent years a Diverse Power area student has won the $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the state’s electric cooperatives. The son of Suzyanti Wood, of LaGrange, the recent graduate was the valedictorian of
Shellman murals completed, dedicated
(Story and photo by Jackie Kennedy) In less than two years, muralist Chris Johnson has transformed the monochrome pathway that leads to the heart of Shellman into a colorful and enticing entrance. Six grain bins in this small Southwest Georgia town became the canvas for Johnson’s work, which was dedicated in a May 21 ceremony.
Harris County Student Wins State Scholarship
Harris County High School senior Haley Anderson has been named winner of the Walter Harrison Scholarship, an annual award presented by Diverse Power and other Georgia EMCs to a select few students each spring. Anderson is the daughter of Terry and Heather Anderson of Fortson. She will attend Georgia Southern University to earn a bachelor’s
Dead Outlet? Try these Tips.
What if you plug a lamp or appliance into a socket, but the outlet is “dead.” Before you call an electrician, check a few things: 1.) Plug something different into the outlet; the problem could be with the device, not the outlet. 2.) If the “dead” outlet is a ground-fault circuit interrupter outlet, you may
A Word from Wayne: A Workplace to Call Home
Aside from one’s own family, often those with whom we associate most are our coworkers. Day in, day out, we greet them as we go about our daily tasks. At the electric cooperative, we work with them in the field, putting up power poles and stringing line, or in the office, meeting in committees and
Going Green(house) at Gardner Newman
When Gardner Newman Middle School students return to classes this month, some will make the school’s new hydroponic greenhouse their first stop. That’s because the greenhouse beckons youngsters to care for the plants they’ve grown—and to learn important lessons in the meantime, according to their teachers. With funds from a Diverse Power Foundation educational grant,
Community Connections: Diverse Power Offers Identity Theft Protection
Do you have a credit, ATM or debit card? Have you recently purchased items online or in person? Do you use digital communications?
Your Co-op Cooks!
Set to debut at Diverse Power’s Annual Meeting of Members on May 11, the tourism/cookbook features recipes from members and employees of the electric cooperative. For February, we spotlight recipes from three of our employees.
A Word from Wayne: Safety in the Workplace
Zero injuries and zero lost time accidents are goals at every electric membership corporation (EMC) in Georgia. Working with electricity is inherently dangerous, and the industry has developed robust safety protocols that are employed in the field, in warehouses and in offices so everyone can practice safety at work.
Diverse Power to Receive Electricity from New Solar Plant
Diverse Power is one of 27 electric cooperatives in Georgia that will receive electricity from a new 20-megawatt (MW) solar generating facility in southeast Georgia.
Here’s are New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep
Are you making a resolution to go on a diet in January? Open a savings account? Join a gym? Here’s a resolution you might be able to keep in 2016: Do one thing a month that will make your home more energy efficient. Here are 12 easy ideas: January: Get in the habit of turning down
Community Connections: Diverse Power Employee Honored for Saving Life
Diverse Power Business Continuity Coordinator Glenn Cunningham recently was recognized for saving a coworker who was choking in her office at the electric cooperative’s headquarters in LaGrange.
Emphasis on Education: It’s time to apply for Youth Tour
Area high school seniors Kirsten Farmer and Connor Mahan were among 111 student delegates who toured the nation’s capital last June as part of the Washington Youth Tour, a leadership event sponsored by electric membership corporations (EMCs) across the nation.
Practice Fire Escape Plan with Your Family
Fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined. Yet few families are prepared to make a quick escape in case of a fire.
Don’t Be the Victim of a Scam
It saddens—actually, infuriates—me to hear about electric cooperative members losing money to scam artists who claim to be affiliated with an electric membership corporation, like Diverse Power. Our loyal members trust their electric cooperative, so it’s particularly disheartening when that trust leads a member to believe, and be scammed by, someone who says he works for the cooperative
Diverse Power Named EMC of the Year
For unprecedented generosity and service to thousands of residents in west central and southwest Georgia, Diverse Power was recently named EMC of the Year and presented the 2015 Georgia EMC Community Service and Volunteerism Award.
Community Connections: Find value in your Co-op Connections Card.
Approximately 100 area businesses participate in Diverse Power’s Co-op Connections Card program, which offers money-saving deals to our members and increased business to our partners. There is no cost to businesses to participate in the program. To learn how your business can become a Co-op Connections Card partner, contact Residential Services/Marketing Coordinator Ken Pope at (706) 845-2000, ext.
Diverse Power Director Named to OPC Board
Diverse Power Director Jimmy Bailey has been appointed to serve as an at-large member of the Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC) Board of Directors, according to OPC President/CEO Michael L. Smith.
Emphasis on Education: Area schools recognized for outstanding sportsmanship.
With hazing in high school athletics on the rise, everyone associated with sporting agrees it is vital to instill in students basic principles of good sportsmanship to ensure every athlete in Georgia and across the nation competes in a safe and secure environment.
This Month: Holiday Office Closings
Diverse Power offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas and on Friday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day.
A Word from Wayne:
As the year winds down, we at Diverse Power look back on 2015 with a big sigh of relief mixed with excitement and gratitude combined with anticipation.
Diverse Power Breaks Ground for New District Office
Diverse Power Incorporated held groundbreaking services on October 15 at the site of their future new Pataula District office at the corner of US Highway 82 and District Line Road in Cuthbert.
Your co-op cooks!
Enjoy this quick and easy home kitchen take on a school lunchroom classic: Chocolate Oatmeal Candy.
Stop Wasting Your Energy Dollars!
Are your energy costs out of control? Would you like to upgrade your heating system or add insulation to reduce your utility bill? Maybe Diverse Power’s new HomePlus loan program is right for you.
Take time for an inspection
Chances are that the last time your home’s electric system was inspected was when you moved in. If so, it’s time for a new inspection.
Attention students and educators: Apply for Diverse Power youth initiatives
With American Education Week set for November 16-20, Diverse Power this month makes available applications for annual scholarships and grants, as well as the summer Washington Youth Tour.
Check out our electric fireplaces
For many years, there was no comparison between electric and gas fireplaces. Both were possible substitutes for traditional wood burning units, but gas was considered superior for one simple reason: designers and engineers had neglected to make electric fireplaces look as realistic as gas ones.
A Word from Wayne: The cooperative way
October is National Cooperative Month, when cooperatives of all types are celebrated and have the opportunity to tell the world why our business model is important and relevant in the 21st century.
Have a safe Halloween
To make your yard and home safe for visiting ghosts and goblins on October 31, prep your home for their arrival.
Diverse Power Cooks
At our Annual Meeting in May 2016, Diverse Power will debut a cookbook combining history of the electric cooperative with flavorful Southern recipes, tourist attractions and historic sites from throughout our 14-county service area.
Find value in your Co-op Connections Card
Approximately 100 area businesses participate in Diverse Power’s Co-op Connections Card program, which offers money-saving deals to our members and increased business to our partners.
Studying solar and growing local engineers
There’s a new, hands-on garden at Lafayette Christian School in LaGrange, but beans and tomatoes aren’t being cultivated.
Diverse Power puts electricity on the road
With the recent purchase of an electric vehicle, Diverse Power takes the low-cost alternative fuel source of electricity to the streets.
A Word from Wayne: Co-op careers on the horizon
There are many reasons to consider a career at an electric cooperative, like Diverse Power, where meaningful and varied jobs touch all aspects of the utility business. And with many jobs at electric cooperatives becoming vacant in the near future, now might be a good time to consider a career with the co-ops.
Recipes are in and testing continues
A team of Diverse Power members and employees continues to test recipes for the electric cooperative’s upcoming history/cookbook.
Our new and improved website
If you’ve visited our website in the past few weeks, you’ve surely noticed some big changes. We’ve put a fresh, new face on our Internet presence.
Delegates take the trip of a lifetime
In June, high school seniors Kirsten Farmer, of Harris County High School, and Connor Mahan, of LaGrange High, represented Diverse Power on the Washington Youth Tour (WYT), Georgia’s oldest leadership program for teens.
Aleene Boyett shares history, and recipes
Allene Boyett, who turns 86 this month, knows a thing or two about the history of Diverse Power’s Pataula District, headquartered in Cuthbert.
Diverse Power named Large Business of the Year
The LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce recently named Diverse Power its 2015 Large Business of the Year.