Building a Brighter Future for Local Communities

ASHEBORO, N.C., ­– (November 18, 2020) – Randolph EMC is pleased to announce expanded efforts to build a brighter future for its members in Alamance, Chatham, Montgomery, Moore and Randolph counties. 

In partnership with North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, Randolph EMC is committed to achieving two milestone sustainability goals while also preserving the reliability and affordability of electricity. Specifically, the local cooperative aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with an interim 2030 goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels.

“North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including Randolph EMC, are leading a wide range of economically sound, innovative energy solutions to provide our members with reliable, affordable electricity while also achieving responsible sustainability goals,” said Dale Lambert, Randolph EMC’s chief executive officer. 

By implementing innovative local services and partnering with electric cooperatives across the state to coordinate new and existing energy resources, Randolph EMC is creating a modern electric grid that is more flexible, resilient and capable of supporting new energy solutions and the growing needs of local communities. 

Recently implemented “self-healing grid” technology has improved reliability for members. This technology essentially ties together sections of line from two different sources. If a fault occurs within that section of line, the reclosers can isolate the area affected and back-feed the unaffected portions from another source, to bring the lights back on to some members that would otherwise be out of power until repairs are made. All this happens automatically within about a minute and can significantly reduce the number of members affected by an outage.

The self-healing grid is not the only innovative initiative underway for members. Randolph EMC has other ongoing efforts to build a brighter future for the region.  This includes the REVUP program which encourages electric vehicle adoption by providing rebates for home charging stations and special rates for charging vehicles at times when demand on the electrical system is lower.

Randolph EMC currently provides four charging stations in two prime locations at the North Carolina Zoo. Through a partnership with our power supplier, North Carolina EMC, Randolph EMC recently installed a DC Fast Charger at the McDonald’s on East Dixie Drive near Randolph Mall in Asheboro. This is the only public fast charger within a 30-mile radius. Randolph EMC also plans to install another DC Fast Charger near Lake Tillery in Montgomery County in 2021 and anticipates announcing more locations in the near future.

Randolph EMC and NCEMC also partnered with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to obtain $277,000 in Volkswagen settlement funding for an all-electric school bus. The new bus will serve a route in southwestern Randolph County.  Randolph EMC will provide a DC Fast charger and related electrical infrastructure for the bus on the campus of Southwestern Randolph Middle School. Randolph EMC will analyze how charging the electric bus affects the electric grid and Randolph County School System’s electric bill.  This will allow the project to serve as a case study for future applications of electric vehicle technology across the state. Randolph EMC is proud to partner with Randolph County School System to bring value to the community.

To learn more about the Brighter Future initiative and Randolph EMC, please visit ncelectriccooperatives.com/brighter and RandolphEMC.com.