THE ELEC TRIC MEMBERSHIP Cooperatives in Georgia exhibit at Sunbelt
Ag Expo will offer this year’s attendees useful information on current energy issues, electric safety, and renewable resources.
The Georgia EMCs and Touchstone Energy exhibit will feature a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on learning to demonstrate
the wise use of electricity, showcase new technologies, and encourage
discussion about today’s changing energy environment.
Look overhead each day at 9 a.m.
and again at 4 p.m. for the return of
the Touchstone Energy hot air balloon,
which is scheduled to fly over the Expo
grounds, weather permitting.
“Sunbelt gives us a perfect opportunity to interact with attendees and
EMC members, to share energy-saving and safety tips, and remind them
that electric co-ops are not-for-profit
service organizations, established by
community members to supply power to their homes and farms,” says Gale
Georgia’s electric cooperatives have been providing safe, reliable,
and affordable energy for 80 years, and have been offering forms of
green energy since 2001. Energy efficiency exhibits created by Touchstone Energy will be available for attendees to view, with brochures
about how to make their homes more energy efficient.
Since agricultural accidents pose a serious danger across the country,
electric safety continues to be a primary focus of EMC education. This
year’s Expo exhibit will feature four high voltage demonstrations each
day at 9: 30 a.m., 11: 30 a.m., 1: 30 p.m., and 3: 30 p.m., showing attendees
firsthand the consequences of coming into contact with power lines.
And for a great photo op, children are invited to become “electric
linemen.” Kids can suit up with line worker equipment, then climb a
mock electric pole, with supervision, to see what it takes to get the lights
back on. Each new “lineworker” will be given a child’s plastic lineman
helmet while supplies last.
Oscar the Robot will be back to interact with attendees and share
messages of electric safety. The life-size robot entertains guests and is a
familiar sight to the public.
The exhibit also features complimentary bottled water for weary
attendees. Bags of popcorn, shaded seating, and a place to relax have
become a much appreciated amenity for the public.
This year, more than 20 EMCs from across the state will participate
in the event: Altamaha EMC in Lyons, Carroll EMC in Carrollton, Coastal
Electric in Midway, Colquitt EMC in Moultrie, Coweta-Fayette EMC in
Palmetto, Diverse Power in LaGrange and Cuthbert, Flint Energies in
Reynolds, Georgia EMC in Tucker.
Grady EMC in Cairo, Green Power EMC in Tucker, Ir win EMC in Ocilla,
Jefferson Energy in Wrens, Little Ocmulgee in McRae, Mitchell EMC in
Camilla, Ocmulgee EMC in Eastman, Okefenoke REMC in Nahunta, Planters EMC in Millen, Rayle EMC in Washington, Satilla REMC in Alma, Snapping Shoals EMC in Covington, Tri-County EMC in Gray, and Walton EMC
EMCs exhibit offers
in the Georgia
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