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1/5/12 SVEC TO BEGIN CLEARING RIGHTS OF WAY USING HELICOPTER

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has contracted with a company using a helicopter to trim trees along power lines in these areas, which starts on approximately February 1 and continues through August, 2012.

Locations where trimming will take place:
Augusta County: Springhill, Fort Defiance, Roman Ridge, New Hope, Barren Ridge, Hermitage, Oak Grove
Frederick County:  Hayfield, Gainsboro, Hayfield South, Shawneeland, Chestnut Grove Road
Highland County:
Monterey, High Valley, Mustoe, Mill Gap
Page County: Carvell Road, Rileyville, Bentonville
Rockingham County: Elkton, Rocky Bar, McGaheysville, Berrytown, Linville, Broadway, Timberville, Fulks Run, Bergton, Green Valley, Daphna
Shenandoah County: 
Strasburg, Top Not, Fort Valley

Every effort will be made to minimize outages that can occur while SVEC is working.

However, you may experience some sporadic blinking which is normal and unavoidable. As a precaution, please contact the District office that serves the area where the trimming is taking place if you have livestock or other outdoor animal life that may be disturbed by the sound from the helicopter.

Thank you for your patience during this process, so that SVEC may better serve you!

10/14/11 SUPPORT SVEC ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Winter is a trying time of year.  Cold, wet weather drives people inside their homes.  This also tends to drive up consumer energy bills.  Individuals having a difficult time paying utility bills tend to have an even harder time during the winter, and now they face an added challenge with the higher cost of energy, but the utilities are essential in providing warmth, comfort, and a quality standard of living.  Those experiencing difficulty may be in need of assistance. 

The purpose of the SVEC Energy Assistance Program is to aid individuals and families experiencing financial stress in paying their winter energy bills.  Individuals receiving SVEC Energy Assistance funds must be consumers of SVEC, but this does not mean the Energy Assistance will be only for electric bills; it will assist with any type of energy bill (i.e., eletric, oil, gas, or wood).  However, the funds will not be available for use as utility deposits.

SVEC's Energy Assistance Programs are administered by a number of outside organizations, including:

Congregational Community Action Project (CCAP)
112 S. Kent Street
Winchester, VA 22601

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Salvation Army
185 Ashby Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Highland County Evangelistic Association
PO Box 143
Monterey, VA 24465

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427 W. Main Street
Luray VA 22835

Shenandoah County Department of Social Services
600 North Main Street, Suite 108
Woodstock, VA 22664

Staunton-West Augusta County Salvation Army
1700 West Beverly Street
Staunton, VA 24401

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund may voluntarily add $1, $2, $5, $10, or more to their electric bill payment in excess of the amount due, or they may make a separate check payable to SVEC Energy Assistance.  Contributions are accepted from October 1 through March 31. 

Consumers requesting assistance should contact one of the organizations listed above in their county.  Acceptance of applications for Energy Assistance and the distribution of funds will begin January 3, 2012.

9/12/11 SVEC ADVISES MEMBER/OWNERS OF PLANNED OUTAGE

MT. CRAWFORD – Approximately 4300 member/owners of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) will experience an interruption of electric service beginning September 13, 2011 at 10 p.m. and ending September 14, 2011 at 1 a.m.  This outage is required to ensure safe equipment repairs and upgrades within the Cooperative’s Hayfield Substation (western Frederick County).  SVEC anticipates that the outage will last approximately 3 hours.  Members are encouraged to take appropriate action in anticipation of the outage. 

“SVEC operations personnel, upon careful consideration of the situation, have made the decision to complete the repairs as quickly and safely as possible, on September 13, 2011 beginning at 10 p.m.” said Mike Aulgur, SVEC manager of external affairs. “These repairs and upgrades represent a portion of the capital improvements SVEC has committed to performing in the northern districts we serve.” Aulgur continued, “The outages are slated to last approximately 3 hours and will affect members/owners residing in Shawneeland, Mountain Falls Park, Gainsboro, Hayfield, and Summitt areas of our service territory”.   

The Cooperative also advises that in the days leading up to the outage, member/owners to be affected should be receiving a phone call notifying them of the need for this service interruption. 

SVEC is contacting emergency management agencies in the area to coordinate with them to ensure that those member/owners requiring electric service due to a medical condition are aware of the outage. Additionally, SVEC has pulled together key staff members responsible for working these types of situations and has implemented a plan of action to ensure that the outage time is minimal.

6/24/11 SVEC ANNOUNCES RATE CHANGES FOR NEWLY ACQUIRED SERVICE TERRITORY

MT. CRAWFORD – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) announced today that residential members of the Cooperative residing within Allegheny Energy’s former service territory will see small rate changes as of July 1, 2011.  These rate changes have been approved by the State Corporation Commission (SCC).

While there is a small increase of .00201 dollars per kWh ($2.01 per 1000 kWh) for residential accounts, the $97.92 SVEC will be billing per 1000 kWh is 11.18 percent less than the $108.67 that Allegheny could have charged. Residential and general service accounts will see an estimated increase of less than 4 percent in total billing.

Industrial accounts within SVEC’s newly acquired area will actually see a decrease in rates as a result of the change. The amount of the change will depend upon the rate classes in which these accounts are billed.

“As a non-profit, member-owned electric Cooperative, we want to do everything we can to help our member/owners keep their power bills manageable,” said Myron D. Rummel, SVEC’s President and CEO. “As of July 1, residential members in the territory acquired from Allegheny Energy will be paying about 11 percent less than what they would have paid if Allegheny had continued to be their electric service provider. These changes clearly indicate that the transaction that occurred on June 1, 2010 was in the best interest of the Allegheny Energy customers SVEC acquired.”

SVEC also noted that there will be different charges listed on member statements to account for the change. Beginning July 1, Allegheny Energy’s Levelized Purchased Power Factor (“LPPF”) will no longer be in effect. Instead, for bills rendered until August 1, members in the newly acquired service territories will see the LPPF, Wholesale Power cost Adjustment (“WPA Fuel Adj”) and Rider OD11-Q (“RIDER OD11-Q”) on their bills.  Each of these charges will be pro-rated, with the LPPF ending June 30 and the other charges taking its place thereafter.

After August 1, these members will only see the Wholesale Power cost Adjustment (“WPA Fuel Adj”) and Rider OD11-Q (“RIDER OD11-Q”) on their bills. These changes are required under agreements overseen by the State Corporation Commission when the transaction was approved early last year.   

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative also continues to make capital improvements to facilities throughout the newly acquired area in an effort to increase efficiency and reliability. Since taking over last June, SVEC has been installing new metering equipment, increasing rights of way clearance and maintenance efforts, and replacing old equipment.     

2/7/11 SVEC TO BEGIN CLEARING RIGHTS OF WAY USING HELICOPTER

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has contracted with a company using a helicopter to trim trees along power lines in these areas, which starts on approximately April 1 and continues through August, 2011.

Every effort will be made to minimize outages that can occur while SVEC is working.

However, you may experience some sporadic blinking which is normal and unavoidable.  As a precaution, please contact the District office that serves the area where the trimming is taking place if you have livestock or other outdoor animal life that may be disturbed by the sound from the helicopter.

Thank you for your patience during this process, so that SVEC may better serve you!

2/7/11 SVEC RECEIVES SAFETY AWARD

MT. CRAWFORD - Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) has again earned the Certificate of Excellence for Safety by the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP).

Larry C. Howdyshell, secretary/treasurer of the SVEC board of directors, accepted the award from Myron D. Rummel, SVEC president and CEO and chair of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) at the Association’s quarterly board of directors meeting in Richmond on January 24.

The RESAP Certificate of Excellence for Safety is presented to selected electric cooperatives throughout the United States that undergo a comprehensive six-step program that includes a rigorous peer-review audit program and on-site inspections of the cooperative’s entire system. The review covers the cooperative’s safety policies, procedures, facilities and equipment. Each participating electric cooperative must undergo this same procedure every three years to re-earn its safety certification.

“Earning the RESAP Certificate of Excellence for Safety truly recognizes the emphasis that Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative places on the well-being of its customer-members and its employees,” said VMDAEC executive vice-president Richard Johnstone. “We are especially proud that all 16 VMDAEC member electric cooperatives serving Virginia, Maryland and Delaware and even our Association have earned and continue to maintain this safety recognition.”

RESAP is a service of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which strives to promote the highest standards of safety among electric cooperatives throughout the United States.

1/18/11 INFORMATION REGARDING WINTER BILLS

MT. CRAWFORD – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) wants to make members aware that with the recent cold temperatures, higher electric bills could result due to increased electric use.  Wintertime usually means higher heating bills, but the temperatures have been remarkably cold recently, and for longer periods of time.  With highs only in the lower to mid 30s, significant increases in electric bills could be possible.

With temperatures staying at or below the freezing mark, more people stay inside, and more electricity is being used to heat homes and businesses, which leads to higher total electric bills. 

Rates have not increased for any of SVEC’s member/owners during this time period.  For those in SVEC’s newly acquired service area, as mandated by the State Corporation Commission, rates are exactly the same as those that Allegheny Energy would have charged had they continued to serve the area.  The higher bills have been a direct result of greater energy use. 

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative understands members’ concerns about these unusually high bills.  SVEC would like to remind their members to control energy use by being aware of how much energy is being used, and taking appropriate conservation measures. Information about how to best conserve energy is on this Web site, and Energy Saver booklets are available at all district offices.    

1/1/11 SALE OF WEST VIRGINIA DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS

Effective January 1, 2011, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative transferred its West Virginia service territory to Allegheny Power, and SVEC member/owners located in West Virginia became Allegheny Power consumers. 

If you are a former member/owner of SVEC, and have questions regarding your account or would like to discuss payment options, please contact Allegheny Energy at 1-800-255-3443 (1-800-Allegheny).

As of December 31, 2010, as a result of this transfer, SVEC will no longer be processing payments on accounts located in West Virginia.  For former West Virginia SVEC member/owners, please remit your payment to Allegheny Energy.

9/24/2010 INFORMATION REGARDING POTENTIAL MONEY-SAVING OPPORTUNITIES

From October 8-11, Qualified Energy Star and WaterSense products will be exempt from Virginia sales tax.  Products must be priced at $2,500 or less for each item, and be purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
For details, visit: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=EnergyStarQualifiedProductsHoliday

In addition, a Virginia Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program is being offered as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  This program offers Virginians the potential to receive up to $300 on certain Energy Star qualified appliances.
For more information on this program, visit: http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/arra.shtml

7/7/2010 SVEC REQUESTS THAT MEMBERS CURB ELECTRIC USAGE

MT. CRAWFORD – A request is being made by Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), that due to extreme heat conditions and excessive energy consumption across the east coast, members make every attempt to conserve electricity during the peak demand time this evening, from 1-7 p.m.  

Any unnecessary electrical usage should be curtailed to a minimum during this time, as electricity supplies are tight. SVEC members can take simple electricity conservation steps:

  • If health permits, set air conditioner thermostats higher than usual.
  • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside.
  • Postpone using major electric household appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, and clothes dryers until the cooler evening hours.
  • Turn off electric appliances and equipment that you do not need or are not using.

Following these guidelines to reduce the use of electricity will help avoid possible electric power shortages later. SVEC is carefully monitoring the situation and we are doing everything possible to keep power flowing to our members.

5/17/2010 Sale of Allegheny Energy's Virginia Territory Approved

Fredericksburg and Mount Crawford, Virginia; Greensburg, Pennsylvania, May 17, 2010 – The Virginia State Corporation Commission, on Friday, gave final approval allowing Rappahannock and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperatives to acquire the Virginia distribution assets of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (NYSE: AYE).  Customers in the existing territory of Allegheny’s Potomac Edison subsidiary can expect a smooth and seamless transition to service provided by the cooperatives.

“After many months of hard work and planning, both cooperatives are looking forward to providing electric service to our respective new members currently being served by Potomac Edison,” said Myron Rummel, President and CEO of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. “Former Potomac Edison customers can be assured that they will receive the same safe, reliable and affordable power that current members of both cooperatives have enjoyed for generations.”

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5/3/2010 SVEC MEMBERS TO RECEIVE CAPITAL CREDITS

MOUNT CRAWFORD – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) has announced that Virginia members for 2009 will receive capital credits, one of the benefits of being a member/owner of the Cooperative.

“We are pleased to announce that approximately $1,674,454 will be returned to members in the form of a credit on their bills, or mailed to former members and large power accounts as a check,” said SVEC President & CEO Myron D. Rummel.  “This credit returned to our member/owners is part of the cooperative advantage.” 

Capital credits are amounts of revenue in excess of operating costs and expenses received for a given accounting year and are maintained in a capital account for each member by the Cooperative.  By board action, certain amounts of these capital credits may be paid or refunded to the member/owners. 

With this 2009 retirement/refund, SVEC has returned in total more than $44 million in capital credits to their member/owners, since the Cooperative started returning capital credits in 1960.

4/30/2010 SVEC ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

MOUNT CRAWFORD – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is pleased to announce the four winners of their 19th annual scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each.  The students attend three of the high schools in the four counties that SVEC serves. 

Two of the recipients, Audrey Bierly and Whitney Kite, attend Spotswood High School.  Raneé Sager attends Broadway High School, and C. Matthew Wertman attends Wilson Memorial High School.  The four winners were chosen from a pool of 39 applications that SVEC received from 12 different area high schools.   

“Part of SVEC’s dedication to their communities is making an investment in the youth,” SVEC President & CEO Myron D. Rummel said.  “With these scholarships, we hope to lessen some of the burden on students looking to further their education, and in turn, help the community.” 

To be considered for the SVEC scholarship, the student’s parent or guardian needs to be a member/owner of the Cooperative.  Audrey Bierly is the daughter of Hilary and Paul Bierly of Harrisonburg. Whitney Kite is the daughter of Kandi and Larry Kite of Elkton.  Raneé Sager is the daughter of Vernon and Gail Sager of Broadway.  C. Matthew Wertman is the son of Charles and Tammy Wertman of Crimora.  

A four-person scholarship committee reviewed the students’ essays, letters of recommendation, participation in school and community activities, high school classes attended, and the grade-point average earned.  The scholarship committee consisted of Kelly Snell, assistant to the president at Blue Ridge Community College; Ande Banks, director of special projects and grant management for the city of Harrisonburg; Susan Vass, retired educator from Augusta County schools; and John Hulvey, director of sponsored programs administration and accounting for JMU.

Since 1992, SVEC has awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the four-county region that it serves.  These students have earned the scholarships with excellence in the classroom, extracurricular activities, and contributions to the community.  In the years since the scholarship has been awarded, the Cooperative has given back more than $50,000 to the community. 

4/28/2010 KEY PARTIES REACH AGREEMENT ON SALE OF POTOMAC EDISON'S VIRGINIA ASSETS

Fredericksburg and Mount Crawford, Virginia; Greensburg, Pennsylvania, April 28, 2010 Executives from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), and Allegheny Energy, Inc. (AE) announced that they had reached a stipulation agreement concerning the acquisition of Allegheny Energy’s Potomac Edison (PE) electric distribution assets in Virginia. The Office of the Attorney General of Virginia and the County of Frederick also joined in the stipulation agreement.

“This agreement is the product of many hours of negotiations and hard work,” Myron Rummel, President and CEO of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, said. “With State Corporation Commission approval, it will allow the acquisition to proceed while providing additional protections against significant rate increases for Potomac Edison’s consumers, in addition to limiting the rate increases that SVEC’s existing consumers would otherwise have experienced. It is truly a win-win for all parties involved.”

“This agreement will protect consumers from potential large rate increases for years to come and helps to ensure that their transition to the cooperatives will be smooth,” said Rodney L. Dickens, President, Allegheny Power.

Under the stipulation agreement:

  • Potomac Edison will contribute $27.5 million between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2014 to reduce the impact of any rate increases through June 30, 2015 for former Potomac Edison ratepayers transitioning to service provided by the cooperatives.
  • Potomac Edison will contribute an additional $35 million that will be applied to decrease the purchase price, which will reduce base rates for all consumers of the cooperatives.
  • The cooperatives agree that Potomac Edison consumers will see no base rate increases before July 1, 2014, extending a rate agreement that previously only existed through 2011. The cooperatives further agree, for 2014, 2015 and 2016, to cap distribution rate increases so that total member bills in those years will not increase by more than 5% as a result of distribution rate increases.
  • The bylaws of both cooperatives will be revised to ensure that there is representation for transitioning ratepayers on the board of directors of their respective cooperative.

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4/23/2010 SVEC TO START CLEARING RIGHTS OF WAY USING HELICOPTER

The helicopter used for clearing SVEC rights of way will officially start Friday, April 23 in the Rockingham district. It will be in Rockingham County through April 31, move to Shenandoah County for two weeks, and then move to Augusta County for two weeks. That rotation will continue, working two weeks in each county, until work is complete. Blinking lights and/or outages may occur as a result of this clearing, but SVEC will work to minimize these outages during the clearing process.  Thank you for your patience!

3/24/2010 SVEC'S MEMBER/OWNERS SAVE AS A RESULT OF LOAD MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

MOUNT CRAWFORD - Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is pleased to announce positive financial results regarding its Load Management program.  For 2009, the program saved the Cooperative and its members $1,443,100.  The return on investment is extremely high for this program, and the investment is recovered in about 1.5 years.  From 2008 to 2009, SVEC added about 1,150 switches to their system, bringing the total to 7,794 switches.

“By far, this is the quickest return on investment for Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative and provides all of our member/owners with savings in their energy bills. Since the program’s inception, we have saved our members over 33.8 million dollars in power costs,” said SVEC President and CEO Myron D. Rummel. 

The largest component of SVEC’s Load Management program consists of a switch placed on a member’s hot water heater.  The switch allows the Cooperative to automatically turn the electric water heater off during peak demand periods when electricity is most expensive for the Cooperative to purchase.  This action directly results in a reduction of wholesale power costs, which account for 73% of the Cooperative’s total expenses.  Since water heaters are insulated storage devices, members still have the hot water they need, and usually don’t even know when the Load Management system is operating. 

“This is yet another way that SVEC is seeking to incorporate technologies to improve efficiencies that benefit our members and the environment.” Rummel added, “We encourage all of our members that may be interested in having a hot water switch installed to contact us, as the installation of each switch helps reduce the future cost of electric service.”

SVEC member/owners can get more information about the Load Management program, or how to sign up, here at the Web site, under the “Our Environment” tab, or by contacting their district office. 

3/17/2010 SVEC PREPARES FOR TREE TRIMMING

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has contracted with a company using a helicopter to trim trees along power lines in the areas below beginning April 2010 and continuing through July 2010. 

Augusta County:  Lofton, Pekin, Greenville, Steeles Tavern, Raphine, Swoope, Middlebrook, McKinley, Newport, Mount Solon

Rockingham County:  Singers Glen, Greenmount, Wengers Mill, Sparkling Springs, Hopkins Gap, Rawley Springs, Clover Hill, Sangersville

Shenandoah County:  Woodstock, Toms Brook, Maurertown, Deer Rapids, Zepp, Black Bear, Alonzaville.

Every effort will be made to minimize outages that can occur while SVEC is working.
However, you may experience some sporadic blinking which is normal and unavoidable.  As a precaution, please contact the District office that serves the area where the trimming is taking place if you have livestock or other outdoor animal life that may be disturbed by the sound from the helicopter.

Staunton Office:    Staunton: 540-515-0011
                                   Waynesboro: 540-941-0011
For those outside the local exchange area, contact us using 800-234-7832.

Dayton Office:   540-434-2200

Mt. Jackson Office:   800-234-7832

Thank you for your patience during this process, so that SVEC may better serve you!

3/12/2010 SVEC LOWERS ENERGY RATES TO VIRGINIA MEMBERS

MOUNT CRAWFORD – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) has announced that a reduction in fuel adjustment cost for March 2010 will decrease VA members’ energy bills by approximately 4.6 percent from what was charged in December 2009.

Now, a residential member/owner, located in Virginia, using 1000kwh will pay $108.49.  The same member/owner paid $122.28 for the same usage in March 2009. The reduction represents the lowest fuel factor SVEC has charged its Virginia member/owners since November 2005.

“SVEC is happy to pass along this reduction in energy costs to our member/owners in these uncertain economic times,” said SVEC President and CEO, Myron D. Rummel. “With this reduction in the fuel billing factor to SVEC’s Virginia consumers, they are being charged $13.79 less per 1000kwh of monthly use in March of 2010 when compared to March of 2009.”

3/11/2010 SVEC SCHEDULES POLE INSPECTION MAINTENANCE

SVEC is planning to start pole inspection maintenance around April 1.  The crews doing this work are with a company called Utility Pole Inspections, Inc.  They have white trucks with this identification on the sides and crew members wear a uniform that includes a hard hat and a florescent vest.  They will be traveling on foot along SVEC's circuits and excavating around the base of the poles as needed.  They do not knock on member/owners' doors to identify themselves, but they will walk the properties.  There will be crews in Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties, but not Hardy County, WV.

3/10/2010 SVEC ANNOUNCES NEW WEB SITE DESIGN

MT. CRAWFORD – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is pleased to announce the roll out of their new Web site (www.svec.coop), which has been re-designed to ease navigation, and enhanced with drop-down menus and “quick links”.  The page layout is simple and clean, with a link to current SVEC headlines and a Kids’ Zone area.

“We have worked to make this the best possible site for our member/owners, by combining the services they have come to expect with a crisp, modern look,” said Myron D. Rummel, SVEC President & CEO.  “Plus, we have added some new features.  By making the site easier to use and informative, we hope to be offering member/owners a resource they will visit time and time again.” 

The information regarding energy savings, safety, and the SVEC outage map is still available, plus links to other tips and tools.  In the design of the new site, SVEC attempted to include anything that might be helpful to their member/owners, including a place on the home page of the site for member/owners to enter their e-mail address for future mailings of an e-newsletter.

2/12/10 CO-OPS FILE TESTIMONY SUPPORTING THE BENEFITS OF ACQUISITION TO MEMBERS

Fredericksburg and Mount Crawford, Virginia – February 12, 2010 – Executives from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) filed formal testimony with the Virginia State Corporation Commission today rebutting inaccuracies and misconceptions about the proposed acquisition of Allegheny Energy’s Virginia service territory.   SVEC and REC use facts to demonstrate the benefits of the acquisition to the customers of Allegheny and the current members of REC and SVEC.

Pursuant to the official schedule established by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, REC and SVEC filed the testimony of six witnesses and experts specifically rebutting inaccuracies and misperceptions of a consultant and others, who questioned the benefits of the acquisition of Allegheny Energy’s Virginia service territory.

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2/09/10 SVEC Restores Power from February 5 Storm, Awaits Next Winter Blast

MT. CRAWFORD – As of late Monday night, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) had restored power to all of its members following the February 5 winter storm that deposited a deep, heavy snow on the Valley.  The storm had caused outages in Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Hardy Counties of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s four-county service region.

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2/04/10 SVEC Encourages Preparation for Potential Winter Storm

MT. CRAWFORD – With snow in the forecast for parts of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s four-county service area, SVEC has pulled together key staff members responsible for working these types of situations and has implemented a plan of action to coordinate our response to the severe weather. 

SVEC has extra support staff on standby, ready to respond, should the situation require additional help. SVEC would like to remind our member/owners that now is the time to prepare for possible inclement weather. The predicted amount of snowfall, and projected high winds present the chance for power outages.  “Blinking” of lights may also occur, and this is a normal condition during an event such as this.  In addition, with the forecast amount of snow, there is a chance for an outage to last an extended period of time.

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2/01/10 CO-OPS CONFIDENT OF BENEFITS OF ACQUISITION TO MEMBERS

Fredericksburg and Mount Crawford, Virginia – February 1, 2010 Executives from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) said they are confident that the acquisition of Allegheny Power’s Virginia service territory will benefit the customers currently served by Allegheny as well as current Cooperative members.

Asked if they were concerned with the recent report by Liberty Consulting Group, a consultant hired by the State Corporation Commission that examined the proposed acquisition, “The out-of-state consultant who prepared the report does not seem to understand the nature of electric cooperatives in general or the financial strength of our Cooperatives in particular; and therefore, many of the report’s premises and conclusions are based on these misunderstandings.  Like our current members, Allegheny Power ratepayers will experience stable long-term energy costs and top-notch member service once this acquisition is complete,” said Kent D. Farmer, President and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.

Myron D. Rummel, President and CEO of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, added, “The Cooperatives are confident that once the State Corporation Commission hears the evidence it will also see the benefits of this transaction for people and businesses that make up the service territories.” 

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