Thursday, December 17, 2009

Flint Energies Re-Joins Oglethorpe Power System

Flint Energies, an electric cooperative based in Reynolds, Ga., has re-joined the Oglethorpe Power Corporation system after a five-year absence. Flint withdrew as an Oglethorpe Power member in 2004 but will now be eligible as one of Oglethorpe's 39 member cooperatives to participate in future electric generating facilities planned by the $6 billion power supply cooperative.

Bob Ray, president and CEO of Flint Energies, said Flint's renewed partnership with Oglethorpe Power will benefit the co-op by offering an increased array of options to ensure an adequate supply of reliable and affordable power for its customers.

"Despite the recent economic downturn, our system continues to grow," Ray said. "Re-joining Oglethorpe Power increases our flexibility and gives us more control over our future power supply resources."

Thomas A. Smith, president and CEO of Oglethorpe Power, welcomed Flint's decision to re-join Oglethorpe, noting that the co-op is one of the largest and fastest growing co-ops outside of metro Atlanta. "Flint's presence among our 39 Member Systems helps make us a stronger system overall," he said. "We are happy that they have chosen to become part of our family once again."

About Flint Energies

Incorporated in 1937, Flint Energies is a not-for-profit member-owned electric cooperative that provides energy services to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in parts of 17 central Georgia counties. Flint has 240 employees and serves more than 250,000 Georgians through 82,600 meters.

Flint's physical plant consists of nearly 6,300 miles of distribution line and 49 substations located within Bibb, Chattahoochee, Crawford, Dooly, Harris, Houston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Muscogee, Peach, Schley, Sumter, Taylor, Talbot, Twiggs and Upson Counties.

The system also includes the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base and the Fort Benning military post. Flint is the eighth largest of Georgia's 42 EMCs and the 38th largest of the nation's nearly 1,000 rural electric cooperatives. Flint Energies is also a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, part of a nationwide family of electric cooperatives exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. Flint's members give their cooperative an American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) score of 82, which rates higher than most investor-owned utilities in the country.

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