News Maker Casey Hollins of REC on cutting winter energy costs

Scott Bradley speaks with the Newsmaker Casey Hollins of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative about how to save money on your electric bill as the temperatures drop.

She provides a few tips like removing window a/c units and checking for gaps in windows.

Casey also shares the resources REC members can contact if they fall behind on payments during this difficult economy.

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REC awards $101,000 to local nonprofits

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the recipients of their bi-annual Power of Change Awards.

Through the Power of Change, member owners at REC voluntarily support nonprofits for those in need.

Over $101,000 was awarded to 24 nonprofits in the community this fall.

Some of those recipients include:

  • The 2 for 2 Foundation in Winchester which received $5,000 for their Swim Literacy Program
  • BRAWS, or Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters, in Frederick County received over $6,000 to provide undergarments and personal supplies for women and girls in need
  • Literacy Volunteers- Winchester Area was the recipient of $7,500 for their Family Literacy Program
  • Faithworks Winchester accepted $4,000 to supplement out of the ordinary and unexpected financial burdens for low income families and individuals
  • Living by His Grace Ministries in Front Royal received $5,000 to prevent the exploitation of children in the community
  • Front Royal/Warren County CCCAP’s Family Resource Center computer station acquired $1,500 through the program.

Applications for the Spring edition of The Power of Change opens on December 8th with the deadline to apply on February 10th, 2024.

REC members looking to give back to the community can participate by making a one time donation, enrolling in a set monthly amount, or rounding up on their monthly bill.

To learn more about The Power of Change or apply, click here.

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REC awards $20,000 in scholarships to local students

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) announced the awarding of  $20,000 in scholarships to local students.

The scholarships are awarded to students looking to advance their education and career goals.

Some of the scholarship funds went to 4 local students this year.

Frederick County Virginia Commonwealth University student Sanae Stokes received a $2,500 scholarship.

Sherando High School students Jona Benson and Hunter Legge received a $1,000 scholarship each.

Virginia Tech student Alexis Dennis of Frederick County also received a $1,000 scholarship as did Clarke County homeschool student Julia McKenzie.

Scholarships are awarded each year with applications open for 2024 here and must be submitted by February 9.

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REC plans for new headquarters

Sixty-five acres at Double Tollgate has been rezoned where Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) plans to build its new regional headquarters.

Following a public hearing on Oct. 17, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved rezoning the land from Agricultural‐Open Space‐Conservation to Highway Commercial and Highway Access Corridor Overlay District so that REC can develop a regional office as a “public utility facility”. 

REC is Clarke County’s main electricity provider.

By moving its headquarters from Front Royal to Double Tollgate, located near the boundaries of Clarke, Warren and Frederick counties, REC can better serve all customers.

REC will pay all applicable Clarke County taxes, and a representative said cattle may continue to graze on the property.

REC also plans to continue to allow cattle to graze on the property.

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REC receives $38 million grant for infrastructure improvements

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced yesterday that they will receive a $38 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The grant was funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and was part of 58 projects announced across 44 states totaling $3.8 billion.

Member-owners of the co-op will see energy savings, improved reliability, and increased value as a result.

Some of the improvements made over the next five years of this project will include:

  • Advanced metering infrastructure which will help members increase their home or businesses energy efficiency
  • Energy audits to help building owners identify opportunities to conserve energy and save money
  • The continued buildout of REC’s fiber network
  • Upgrades to improve resilience of the electric grid to restore power more quickly following an outage

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News Maker Casey Hollins REC and tree and vegetation maintenance

Recently we have experienced a number of power outages in several communities.

Often trees are the cause of the disruptions.

We spoke to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about the outages in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Casey explains how REC cuts back on both trees and outages.

She explains that the cooperative has regular maintenance with a whole division that works year around to cut back on branches and more.

Casey goes on to explain how we can help in the effort by both reporting possible trouble spots to avoiding future problems when planting.

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News Maker Casey Hollins of REC on home Solar Power

Have you ever considered Solar Power for your home?

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has the pros and cons of home Solar Power.

We spoke to the Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Casey has the pros and cons of home Solar Power.

She does confirm that Solar Power isn’t for ever home and in fact is not suitable for every home.

Casey also tells us the best way to find if it is a good fit for your home and more.

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Few power outages remain after intense storm

Power providers across the region report as of 5 a.m. August 8 approximately 700 people are still without power.

The areas affected are isolated from Berryville to the Stanley area to the south with more isolated outages in the east Flint Hill, Warrenton, Auburn areas.

As of 5 a.m. approximately 70 active outages are being reported by power providers.

Crews from both Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperatives (SVEC) are working as fast and safely as possible as conditions improve.

At one point almost 7,000 customers were without power with more than 100 damaged sites reported.

To report an outages with REC click here in the SVEC service area click here.

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News Maker Casey Hollins on a cost reduction for REC members

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has some exciting news in these days of higher cost for everything.

We spoke to REC’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about this thing that is rarely heard of in this day and age in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Casey tells us that a cost reduction is coming starting August 1 for REC Cooperative members.

She also tells us of other cost saving measures that are available that can be used now to reduce bills even further especially in the summer time.

Casey also tells us how important it is to be prepared for summer storms and the tools that help with that as well.

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News Maker Casey Hollins on tools to keep REC bills low

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) would like to help reduce high energy bills this summer.

We spoke with the Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Casey tells us of the tools that REC has available to help members of the Cooperative save at myrec.coop.

She also has a couple of tips on things you can do right now to save on those bills.

Casey also tells us what you can do to prepare for nasty weather and what you can do to stay informed during outages.

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