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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio – As much as electricity is in the news – such as climate change, renewable energy, fuel costs – we’d all like to know a little more.

There’s just one problem: we’re busy.

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (HWEC) wants to keep the wave of communication coming, but in fresh ways employing technology through the new campaign, “5 Minutes w/George,” a plan aimed at sharing the latest “hot topic” news in brief segments.

The idea is that if members can invest a few minutes each month, they can learn a lot about the news impacting HWEC. And for good reason: Hancock-Wood’s customers own the company. Realizing how people consume and gather information today, the company website becomes the prime tool for disseminating this information.

The new special section located at offersweb video, an interactive blogTwitternews links and more. The name “5 Minutes w/George” originates from a monthly series of brief videos in which President & CEO George Walton explains the challenges facing the co-op and members. In his first video, he openly discusses the factors that are driving up costs and how Hancock-Wood is dealing with them.

Hancock-Wood also becomes one of the first electric cooperatives in the nation to use Twitter, the hot social networking and micro-blogging service growing by the thousands everyday. Members can sign up and never miss a tweet.

The “5 Minutes” page also features a new blog designed to focus on HWEC’s overall operation and the industry in general. Members are encouraged to join the discussion and share comments. There are also quick links to relevant news articles from global sources, such as Reuters news service, The New York Times, and Business Week magazine. Direct links are also provided to company publications which will contain text versions of each month’s video message for those not connected to the Internet.

Again, the special section is located at:

We demonstrate our Concern for Community by volunteering and donating to local charitable causes. Nearly $500,000 in grants have been distributed in the last decade through grants and Operation Round Up funds to individuals and organizations in need. We also provide assistance to Habitat for Humanity, schools, churches and community events. To learn more, click on Community Involvement above. learn more

Members benefit from electric service reliability, competitive rates, money after co-op bills are paid in the form of patronage/capital credits, discounts, informative co-op publications, easy-to-access payment plans, rebates, scholarships, family-friendly Member-only events and a vote in the direction of Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op. To learn more, click on Member Benefits above. learn more

Hancock-Wood keeps Member owners informed about legislation that could impact their rights or lead to unstable energy costs. Your voice has been heard at the highest court in the land. In response to petitions by electric co-ops, states and industry, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the Clean Power Plan. This is an unprecedented act by the Supreme Court. To learn more, click on "Legislation" above or go to learn more