Your Co-op News members of
Newberry Electric Cooperative
Wall Street or Main Street?
Congress must not let carbon Prices could vary greatly, and if this
traders sell us short market were unregulated, we could see
the “Enronization” of the carbon market.
roposals in Congress to address Enron manipulated electricity markets in
climate change and limit carbon California in 2000. Such a structure could
dioxide emissions from power drive up
www.ourenergy.coop prices and threaten the economic
plants were still being debated as electric and energy security of the country without
882 Wilson Road cooperative leaders headed to Washington, providing environmental benefits.
D.C., for our annual legislative conference And where would the auction revenues
P.O. Box 477 in early May. go? Hedge funds? Shareholders?
Newberry, SC 29108 We’ve told Consumers? More
both Congress likely they would
and the Obama be siphoned off for
Office Hours administration new government
that co-ops are programs.
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
ready to work Some in
with them to craft TM
an economically propose returning
sustainable the revenue to
(803) 276-1121 approach that will ourenergy.coop consumers. We
(800) 479-8838 set realistic carbon want our political
dioxide reduction leaders to ensure it is used to reduce
Fax: (803) 276-4121 targets but still protect consumers. impacts on consumers and help develop
nec.coop Make no mistake: Even under a best- technology that will allow the responsible
case scenario, any regulation of carbon use of carbon-emitting fuels.
dioxide will increase electricity costs.
Nights, Weekends, Holidays The details of the new energy laws will How you’ve helped
determine how much. Even before your co-op’s trustees and
(803) 276-1121 All the proposals involve putting a staff took these concerns to Capitol Hill,
price, or tax, on national carbon dioxide we sent our calling cards in advance.
emissions in order to achieve reductions. Specifically, we sent the Our Energy, Our
President & Chief Executive Officer But who will set that price? How? Who Future cards you filled out at the Newberry
Daniel P. Murphy will pay? One approach is a carbon tax, Electric Cooperative annual meeting.
which would make utilities pay for their We also were preceded by the electronic
carbon dioxide emissions. Administration messages you sent Congress via ourenergy.
Board of Trustees and House leaders, meanwhile, put forward coop. Thanks to member support,
William D. Kibler, Chairman carbon “cap-and-trade” tax proposals. congressional offices received nearly two
million communications from members of
C.J. Bishop, Vice Chairman Avoiding ‘Enronization’ Newberry Electric Cooperative and other
Johnnie Dickert, Sec.-Treasurer While some propose giving “carbon co-ops nationwide before we even set foot
emission allowances” to utilities for free in D.C.
Richard O. Koon, Zone 3 to trade among themselves, others propose Fortunately, South Carolina’s
William B. Lominick, Zone 1 selling allowances in an open auction to congressional delegation has shown they’ll
the highest bidder. As not-for-profit utilities keep our members’ interests in mind. Your
J. Wayne Nichols, Zone 2 whose first obligation is to our consumer- support of Our Energy, Our Future also
Harold L. Pitts, Zone 2 members, we believe the auctioning of means co-op leaders in other states will be
allowances must be avoided. This would able to ask their elected officials, point-
Patty H. Ruff, Zone 3 allow Wall Street traders to set the price blank, where they stand: “Are you with
Tobie R. Shealy, Zone 3 of allowances. Down the road that could Main Street or Wall Street?”!
increase electricity rates.
12 living in south carolina JUNE 2009 Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc. livinginsc.coop
Using CFLs safely Two youth
By Chris Grammes • Never put a fluorescent light bulb or
ontrary to what many people
other mercury-containing product into an
here’s no doubt that compact incinerator. believe, not everything that comes
fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are • If the bulb burns out before it should, out of Washington has a negative
better for the environment — and our contact the manufacturer. Energy Star- connotation. Sometimes, good things really
pocketbooks — than traditional incandescent qualified bulbs are required to offer at least do happen in Washington, D.C.
bulbs. That’s why Newberry Electric Coop- a two-year warranty. During the month of June, two rising
erative and other South Carolina co-ops have seniors from Mid-Carolina High School will
been encouraging their use through the Do Cleaning up if bulb breaks represent Newberry Electric Cooperative
the Light Switch initiative. • Open a window and have people on the Youth Tour, which is a cooperative-
Energy Star-qualified bulbs use up to 75 (including you) and pets leave the room for sponsored, week-long, all-expense-paid trip
percent less electricity than incandescent at least 15 minutes. to the nation’s capital. They are Courtney
bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, cost little • Shut off central forced-air heating/ Hentz of Pomaria, daughter of Darryl
up front, and provide a quick return on cooling system. and Betsy Hentz, and
investment. • If the bulb is broken on a hard surface, Steven Paschal, also
However, concerns over the mercury in carefully scoop up glass fragments and of Pomaria, son of Jeff
CFLs have raised questions about the proper powder using stiff paper or cardboard and and Jana Paschal.
disposal of them. CFLs contain a very small place them in a glass jar (with metal lid) or Courtney and
amount of mercury — an aver- sealed plastic bag. Steven will travel with
age of 4 milligrams — sealed • Use sticky tape to pick more than 40 other
within the glass tubing. By up any remaining pieces and students from across
comparison, older thermometers powder. the state representing
contain about 500 milligrams. • Wipe the area clean with consumer-owned
Mercury is an essential part of damp paper towels or disposable electric co-ops. Upon
CFLs: it reacts with the coating wet wipes. Place wipes in the arrival in Washington,
on the inside of the glass tube to ® glass jar or plastic bag. they will join more than 1,500 other rising
produce light, using very little • Do not use a vacuum or seniors from across the country.
electricity. broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard During the Youth Tour, the students will have
In that mercury is toxic, follow these tips surfaces. an opportunity to tour Capitol Hill and check
to safely handle, dispose of, and clean up a • Immediately place all clean-up materials out the historic sites around the capital, such
bulb should it break in your home: outdoors in a trash container or protected area as the Smithsonian
for trash pickup. Institution, Arlington
Handling National Cemetery,
• Wash your hands after disposing of the
• Always take care when removing materials. Mount Vernon, the
the bulb from its packaging, installing, or • Check with your local or state government Kennedy Center, and
replacing it. about disposal requirements in your specific many more. They
• Hold the bulb by its base and not the area. Some states require broken and unbroken will also have an
glass part. mercury-containing bulbs be taken to a opportunity to visit
• Never forcefully twist the CFL into a recycling center. their congressmen
light socket. If it breaks, follow the tips at For additional tips on cleaning up broken and make lots and
the right. bulbs from carpeting, bedding and clothing, lots of friends.
access energystar.gov and look for the fact Often, students Steven Paschal
Recycling or disposal come back from the trip excited about co-
sheet on mercury.
• The Environmental Protection Agency ops and about America in general. Some have
recommends that consumers recycle CFLs. Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; Energystar.gov
been quoted as saying, “I want to go back.”
Local recycling options are listed at epa.gov/ Chris Grammes writes on safety issues for
Many of the students form close bonds. Some
bulbrecycling or earth911.org. the National Rural Electric Cooperative As- have been quoted as saying, “You get so close
• The bulbs should be sealed in two plastic sociation, the Arlington, Va.-based service to people.” To many of the students, the least
bags and put into the outside trash or other arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer- favorite part of the trip is, well, “Leaving.”
protected outside option. owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. We look forward to hearing about how the
Youth Tour has “enlightened” and “broadened
the horizon” for these young potential leaders
I n observance of Independence Day, Newberry Electric Cooperative will
be closed on Friday, July 3. Power outages may be reported by calling
(803) 276-1121. Emergency crews are on standby.
of Newberry Electric Cooperative. Yes, the
Youth Tour is proof that, sometimes, really
good things happen in Washington.
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