March 2016

Rebates for Energy Efficiency

SEMO Electric Cooperative’s member-owners who choose energy efficient systems may have the opportunity to receive rebates from the cooperative. In 2015, SEMO Electric members received nearly $80,000 in rebates.

SEMO Electric has rebates available for the following (please contact SEMO for complete details): 1) Water Heaters: $165 rebate for the replacement of an existing water heater with an efficiency rating of less than .90 for a new higher efficient unit. Tankless or gas water heaters are not eligible. 2) Room Air Conditioning Unit: $50 rebate for purchase of a new Energy Star unit; 3) Dual Fuel Heat Pump: $250 per ton for Energy Star + 2 rating and a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 16.5; and 4) Geothermal (Ground Source) Heat Pump: $750 per ton for Energy Star + 2 rating and at least an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 19.1 and a coefficient of performance (COP) of 3.3.

Please contact us before you buy as the rebate program has specific guidelines and limited funding. Only SEMO Electric member-owners are eligible for these rebates. For more information, contact SEMO Electric’s Member Services department, click on or visit a walk-in office at Bloomfield or Sikeston.

Enhanced Reliability

As a member-owner of the cooperative, one of the biggest assets you own are the 65,000 poles that support more than 2,500 miles (it’s only 2,300 miles from Sikeston, Missouri to Seattle, Washington). Over time, these poles need to be replaced because of decay. This year SEMO Electric budgeted for 500 pole replacements around Wolf Island and Advance. Plus, we will rebuild line sections and update regulators around Bloomfield, Delta and Matthews to enhance the reliability of the distribution system. There is a lot of work behind the scenes to keep the lights on.

Going Solar?

Did you know SEMO Electric works with member-owners who ask about installing solar generation? We want to discuss the process to interconnect to the grid and safety. Several members have installed solar generation and signed interconnection agreements with the cooperative. Missouri’s “Net Metering and Easy Connect Act” states that the distribution generation (DG) is intended to primarily offset part or all of the consumer-generator’s own electrical energy requirements. As such, full retail price is credited for all energy put on the grid up to the amount purchased that month from the cooperative. All kilowatt hours put onto the grid by the member will be subtracted from the total amount purchased that month from the cooperative. The member will pay the “net” difference. Avoided cost is paid for energy put on the grid in excess of that month’s purchase. This amount above what is purchased can remain as a credit on the member’s bill for up to a maximum of one year. That month’s credit will expire if not used within one year, or at the time of disconnect. All standard service availability charges apply. For more information about the Net Metering and Easy Connect Act, please call us. We want to make sure your system is safely installed.

Save the Date

SEMO Electric’s Annual Membership Meeting is set for Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Miner Convention Center. We will open the doors at 5 p.m. for two hours of live music by Maggie Thorn and Link Union. The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Please mark your calendar.

Sean’s Shout-outs

March shout-outs to SEMO Electric member-owners Larry Peters, Danny Farrenburg, Cynthia Bright, Roger Stepp, Raymond Ellis, Sarah Bailey, Jimmie Worth and Charlotte Gilmore.  Be smart. Act safe.

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