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REMC Celebrates EVs at NC Zoo

September 13, 2019 (Asheboro, N.C.)– Plug-in electric vehicle drivers, supporters, and intrigued visitors of the North Carolina Zoo attended an event hosted by Randolph Electric Membership Corporation on Friday, September 13, as a kick-off to the the annual National Drive Electric Week (September 14-22). Each year, events across the nation highlight the clean-air benefits, cost-savings and fun electric vehicles provide during this week. 

The N.C. Zoo’s commitment to the environment and sustainable practices, coupled with a long-standing, positive relationship with Randolph EMC made it the perfect location to highlight the benefits of EV adoption. Plug-in vehicles by Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, and Tesla, along with EV chargers were on display for event attendees. Local manufacturer Thomas Built Buses also had their all-electric school bus “Jouley” available for attendees to tour.

“A switch to electric vehicles provides an alternative fuel source for drivers and reduces air pollution,” said Jill Vanness, Director of Member and Public Relations. “Randolph EMC’s Drive Electric event brought our community together to share how people are enjoying driving these cars while helping the environment and realizing significant savings along the way.” 

This event also gave Randolph EMC the opportunity to share how it’s working with EV owners to evaluate their vehicles’ impact on the electric grid. The Randolph EMC Electric Vehicle Utility Program (REVUP) offers members of the cooperative a $500 rebate on a Wi-Fi enabled Level 2 EV Charger for their home, as well as a special time-of-use rate that encourages them to charge during off-peak hours when energy is less expensive. 

“We have member-owners from different walks of life participating in our REVUP program, scattered across our territory from the outskirts of Burlington to the pine forests of Montgomery County,” said CEO Dale Lambert. “Today’s event was really about letting them share their stories with folks who might be curious about what it’s like to own an electric vehicle.” 

“Consistently, one of the top reasons people are hesitant to switch from gasoline to electric is ‘range anxiety,’ or the fear that they’ll run out of power before they reach their destination,” Lambert added. “We hope the EV drivers here today helped to ease some of that anxiety, and that attendees could learn about real-world charging habits.”

About 80 percent of EV charging is done at the home, which the electric co-op has covered with no issue. But in order to make EV adoption truly feasible, charging infrastructure must be expanded. That’s why Randolph EMC and the other 25 N.C. cooperatives are working together to create a network of charging stations throughout the rural areas of the state, starting with the N.C. Zoo. In 2018, Randolph EMC partnered with ChargePoint to provide two charging stations at the park’s Solar Pointe location and two at the North America entrance. 

Join us 9/13 at the NC Zoo for a Drive Electric Event!

Join Randolph EMC at the NC Zoo to Kickoff National Drive Electric Week!

Experience different electric vehicle (EV) models and charging options on-site at the NC Zoo. We’ll have informational material about the benefits of EVs and knowledgeable EV owners and energy advisors available to share their insights. PLUS—take a tour of "Jouley," a new all-electric school bus manufactured locally by Thomas Built Buses.

 

WHEN

  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • "Floating Event"—Come anytime during these hours!

WHERE

  • N.C. Zoo
    4401 Zoo Pkwy
    Asheboro, N.C. 27205
  • North America parking lot directly across from the Stedman Building

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Anyone interested in learning about the potential capabilities of electric vehicles
  • Anyone interested in the benefits of purchasing an EV
  • Current EV owners of any make and model
  • School educators and administrators
  • Business professionals and owners
  • Zoo visitors

The first 100 event visitors will receive a free gift!

 

Register to Attend Here

Farm Energy Audit Program

Interested in reducing your farm energy costs? 

The North Carolina Energy Audit Program provides discounted energy audits to help your farm prioritize energy efficiency projects and access funding for equipment upgrades. The program provides an unbiased third-party evaluation of energy efficiency and demand reduction opportunities on your farm and rank each project by simple payback period. Each energy audit also includes a detailed inventory of your current equipment and an analysis of your energy usage by farm activity. 

This program will cover 75% of the cost of your energy audit. Your energy audit can be used to access funding through USDA programs such as the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which provides grants up to 25% of your project cost and loan guarantees up to 75% of your project cost. There is no obligation to move forward with projects once you receive your audit report. 

This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and funding is limited.* Call (800) 672-8212 to reserve your spot!

Your discounted energy audit in four easy steps: 

1) Contact Randolph EMC at (800) 672-8212 to reserve an available audit

2) Provide EnSave with a signed agreement and 12 months of energy use history (electricity and heating fuel) 

3) Pay for 25% of the cost of your energy audit 

4) Receive your audit within 8 weeks of sending in your materials, and use your audit to make business decisions and access funding

*This program is funded by USDA Rural Development, and operated by the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation and EnSave, Inc. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

What is an energy audit? 

An energy audit analyzes current energy use and recommends specific activities to reduce energy consumption or electric demand. An energy audit also analyzes the cost savings and the simple payback of the equipment. 

What type of audits does the program offer? 

There are three types of energy audits offered through this program. Each audit type is tailored to suit the needs of each applicant. 

Comprehensive: Analyses all stationary energy-using equipment on the farm. This audit can be used to access funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) as well as the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). 

Focused: Analyses energy savings of one or two specific energy efficiency projects. Can be used to apply for REAP. 

Demand Management: Focuses on opportunities to reduce peak electric demand, such as time of use management and scheduling strategies for an operation. 

What does the energy audit cost? 

The applicant is responsible for 25% of the audit cost. The Most comprehensive audits range from $2,000-$3,000 depending on the type and size of the operation. Focused and demand management audits typically cost less than the comprehensive audit, but cost can vary based on scope. Contact EnSave for a quote based on your specific needs. 

What does EnSave need in order to complete an energy audit? 

EnSave requires a minimum of one year (12 months) of energy usage history. Additional information may be requested from the farm based on the complexity of the energy audit and/or operation. All comprehensive audits require a site visit where EnSave will come to the farm and collect equipment data and other information. 

Who is funding this program and who can apply? 

The North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) and EnSave have been awarded a grant from USDA Rural Development to deliver these energy audits to North Carolina electric cooperative members. 

How long are the audits available? 

Audits are provided on a first come, first serve basis and availability is expected to fill up fast. We have space for up to 35 audits by May 2021, so be sure to apply early and reserve your audit before funds run out.

Randolph EMC’s 81st Annual Meeting Set for Friday, June 21st

Randolph Electric Membership Corporation will celebrate its 81st annual meeting of the membership Friday, June 21, 2019, at Southwestern Randolph High School in Asheboro. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. for members to register and enjoy free homemade ice cream, various informational displays and safety demonstrations. Local band, The Ingrams, will provide live entertainment from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and magician Fish the Magish will provide entertainment for children 12 and under during the business meeting.

The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the theme, “Power to…Provide a Brighter Energy Future.” Members will elect directors for districts one, three, and six and will hear reports from Board President Jerry Bowman, Secretary-Treasurer Billy Maness and Chief Executive Officer Dale Lambert. Following the business meeting, the co-op will hold drawings for registered members to win various door prizes, including cash and bill credits, gift cards, bicycles of all sizes, small appliances and Seagrove pottery.

"We are proud to have served our members for 81 years and look forward to continuing to provide outstanding electric service and benefits that will help us all have a brighter energy future," said Dale Lambert, Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to providing the same benefits as we have since 1938, such as voting on a governing board of directors, receiving patronage capital disbursements, and more, it is also our ultimate goal to offer programs and services that allow our members choices, convenience, and control.”

The annual meeting is the opportunity for members to exercise one of their most important rights as an REMC member-owner — to vote for the board of directors. Members should bring their registration card, which can be found on the front cover of the June issue of their Carolina Country magazine. We welcome each member’s participation and look forward to a great evening!

Nissan LEAF Rebate for Co-op Members

Our friends at NISSAN have made a $3,500 special rebate available on the 40 kWh model NISSAN LEAF and a new $2,500 rebate available on the 226 mile range, 62 kWh, ePlus model. This offer can be combined with the Federal EV Tax Credit to provide you with savings on your purchase.

Simply download and print the flyer below and bring your electric bill to your local NISSAN Dealer and you can become eligible to use the special Fleet Certification Code to obtain your special rebate.  Please see eligibility requirements for more details.

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Download the Flyer

Nonprofits Can Apply Now for PHP Community Grants

In 2019, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation’s People Helping People (PHP) program will award $10,000 in grant funds to local nonprofitagenciesin Randolph,Moore,Montgomery, AlamanceandChathamcounties. Qualifying organizations may applyfor funding upto $2,000 to implement programs or purchase needed equipment to facilitate a program that will help make a positive impact in the communities where Randolph EMC member-owners reside. 

The Community Grants Program is a special project of PHP, made possible because its partnership with cooperative lender CoBank. CoBank recently awarded $5,000 to PHP as part of its Sharing Success Matching Grant Program. Sharing Success was started in 2012 as a way to give back to co-ops and the nonprofits they support. Under the program, CoBank allocates $3 million annually to match charitable contributions by cooperatives to nonprofit organizations in their local communities, up to $5,000 per co-op.

With Randolph EMC’s $5,000 contribution combined with CoBank’s $5,000 match, People Helping People is able to extend its charitable reach into the community with $10,000 for nonprofit agencies for the fifth year in a row.

People Helping People is a nonprofit program that gives Randolph EMC members a unique opportunity to help others by “rounding up” their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar. The extra change that these members contribute goes into the PHP account, which is used to fund requests for assistance from other members in need of financial help because of circumstances outside of their control. The money that members contribute from their bills is not used in the community grants program.

Grant applications are available at RandolphEMC.com and will be accepted through May 31, 2019. The People Helping People Board of Directors will carefully review the applications and award the grants in July.For additional information or questions, please contact Kathleen Duckworthat 336-625-5177 or Kathleen.Duckworth@RandolphEMC.com.

12/11/18 | 3:30 PM 100% Restoration!

By 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, power had been restored to all members of Randolph Electric Membership Corporation following Winter Storm Diego. Approximately 12,700 REMC members across the cooperative’s service area—about 40 percent of the cooperative's membership—experienced a loss of power as a result of the snow and ice from the storm.

Randolph and Montgomery Counties reported the largest number of outages over the three-day event. Crews spent much of their time in the heavily wooded Uwharrie area of both counties where trees and tree limbs, heavy with snow and ice, fell onto power lines, causing most outages. 

Randolph EMC line crews were joined by more than 50 additional line and tree personnel to assist with restoration. A special thank you is extended to sister cooperatives Pee Dee and Tideland EMCs, and contractors Lee Electrical Construction and Pike Electric for their willingness to send reinforcements. REMC contract tree-trimming crews with Lewis Tree, Branching Out, and Xylem Tree Experts also played a major role in helping to clear trees and debris for line technicians so that they could work. 

"Randolph EMC is so grateful for the hard work and dedication of its full-time, contract and sister co-op crews, as well as our dispatchers, and employees answering the phone in the office," said Dale Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of REMC. "Reducing the number of members affected by outages to double digits in just 36 hours after the first snowfall shows the concerted effort on everyone's part to restore power in record time," he added.

The cooperative is very appreciative of members' patience as crews worked to repair power lines and poles. If members experience any residual power outages, they should be reported to the cooperative's outage hotline at 1-877-736-2633 (1-877-REMC-OFF). Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day to take outage calls. 

12/11/18 | 10:00 AM Update

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation is nearing 100 percent outage restoration following Winter Storm Diego. At this time the cooperative has just eight separate outages, affecting approximately 20 members. Most of these remaining outages have extensive damage that may take several hours to repair.

Members should continue to report all outages to 1-877-736-2633. Up-to-date co-op outage numbers can be accessed anytime at https://outages.randolphemc.com.

 

12/10/18 | 5:30 PM Update

Randolph Electric Membership Corporation continues to work diligently to restore winter storm Diego related outages. As of Monday evening, approximately 380 members are patiently awaiting power restoration with the majority of those concentrated in Randolph County. 

"We're pleased about the progress that is being made across our system," said Dennis Mabe, Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Randolph EMC. "Having a network of co-ops and trusted contractors to assist us is priceless in an event like this. They all know that our number one priority is safety and immediately following is getting power restored," he added. The cooperative brought in additional crews from sister N.C. cooperatives Pee Dee EMC, headquartered in Wadesboro, and Tideland EMC, located at the coast in Pantego. Support contractor crews from as far away as South Carolina and Virginia traveled to assist in making repairs, as well. 

Although progress is being made, Randolph EMC stresses the importance of members remaining on alert for downed lines. Some downed wires have been covered by the round of snow that fell Monday morning. Never touch a downed power line; they can still be energized and therefore dangerous or even deadly. If you are cleaning up from the storm, do not attempt to cut trees that could be in contact with a power line. No one except a trained line technician should handle or be near a downed power line.

For the latest updates on power outage progress, visit REMC’s online Outage Map at https://outages.randolphemc.com. The cooperative also posts status reports and safety information on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

12/10/18 | 9 AM Update

Randolph EMC continues to make progress restoring power following this weekend’s winter weather and additional outages occurring overnight Sunday. As of 9 a.m. Monday, a total of about 3,600 members are without power. Randolph County has the highest number of members affected, at 2,400 members, with Montgomery County following at just over 1,000 members out of power. Heavy snow- and ice-laden trees and tree limbs falling onto lines have been the cause of most outages.
 
Local co-op line technicians and contractors are joined by support crews from Lee Electrical Construction in South Carolina and Pee Dee EMC headquartered in Wadesboro, N.C. All crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to all cooperative members.
 
As another round of precipitation falls over central North Carolina this morning, additional power outages could occur. Electric cooperative members are asked to report any new power outages or dangerous situations caused by the storm to 1-877-736-2633.
 
As a reminder, the co-op encourages the public to exercise extreme caution in these weather conditions:

  • Please heed Gov. Cooper’s request to stay off the road. Not only does this prevent you from getting in an accident, but it also allows power restoration crews to safely access restoration points faster.
  • Never go near a downed or sagging power line, and do not attempt to remove debris from power lines, as the lines could still be energized and very dangerous.
  • Never connect a generator directly to a home’s wiring; this poses a serious threat to line workers. Instead, use an extension cord to plug lights and appliances into the generator.
  • Only use generators and charcoal grills in well-ventilated outdoor areas; a garage does not count as a well-ventilated area. Cooking indoors with Sterno or charcoal will produce deadly carbon-monoxide fumes.

12/9/18 | 11:00 PM Update

As of Sunday evening, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation continues to make progress with restoration efforts in areas hit hard by Winter Storm Diego. At 11 p.m., the cooperative has 84 outages, affecting approximately 4,700 members. Several contract crews from South Carolina have joined local REMC crews to assist in repairing wire spans and broken poles brought down by snow- and ice-laden trees and tree limbs. Support crews from sister cooperatives are expected to arrive Monday morning. Additional precipitation and continued wind gusts are expected overnight, which will potentially cause more outages. Members should continue to report all outages to 1-877-736-2633. Up-to-date co-op outage numbers can be accessed anytime at https://outages.randolphemc.com.

12/9/18 | 8:00 PM Update

Randolph Electric Membership Corporation reports approximately 2,100 members without power as of 8:00 p.m. Sunday. A total of more than 7,500 members have been affected by Diego-related outages.

Cooperative consumer-members are urged to stay on high alert as additional mixed precipitation and continued wind gusts could cause more power outages. Heavy snow and ice weigh down tree limbs and branches and bring them into contact with power lines, which is the primary cause of power outages from the storm. Support crews from South Carolina have joined Randolph EMC and local contractor crews to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power and warmth to cooperative members. 

Up-to-date co-op outage numbers can be accessed anytime at https://outages.randolphemc.com.

Electric cooperative members are asked to report power outages or any dangerous situations caused by the storm to 1-877-736-2633.

Safety:

  • Please heed Gov. Cooper’s request to stay off the road. Not only does this prevent you from getting in an accident, but it also allows power restoration crews to safely access restoration points faster. 
  • Never go near a downed or sagging power line, and do not attempt to remove debris from power lines, as the lines could still be energized and very dangerous. 
  • Never connect a generator directly to a home’s wiring; this poses a serious threat to line workers. Instead, use an extension cord to plug lights and appliances into the generator.
  • Only use generators and charcoal grills in well-ventilated outdoor areas; a garage does notcount as a well-ventilated area. Cooking indoors with Sterno or charcoal will produce deadly carbon-monoxide fumes.