Co-op Representatives Discuss Issues with State Legislators
June 25th, 2014
By Nancy Gust
Sanford, N.C., June 25, 2014 – Four representatives from Central EMC including CEO/General Manager Morris McClelion joined more than 160 board members and employees from North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives at the state legislature June 24-25 for the co-ops’ annual "Rally in Raleigh."
Central’s board member and employees talked to legislators about issues that affect the reliability and cost of the power provided to electric cooperative members. “We are always focused on our members and our ability to provide them with affordable, reliable power, stated Morris McClelion. This event gave us an opportunity to educate legislators on the issues that affect our ability to serve. One item that gained attention this session was the management of Coal Ash. Since NC electric cooperatives have benefited from coal generation, we expressed our willingness to pay our fair share of coal ash management and disposal. Emphasis was made that the efforts undertaken to dispose of coal ash should not be an unreasonable expense to the co-op members.
Cooperative employees also took this opportunity to share our successes with the projects that are being completed in our service area including new construction, energy efficiency, economic development, advanced meters, community outreach and more. Central has complied with the Senate bill 3 mandate and continues to offer energy efficient programs to members. During 2013 Central started a project converting 21,000 residential and non-demand metered accounts to advanced metering. Advanced meters were installed to improve reliability and outage management. CEMC will be offering more versatile payment options for members to pre-purchase electricity so they can better monitor electricity usage more closely and plan their budgets accordingly.
Central serves over 22,000 members in Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore and Randolph counties and is a private, independent and not-for-profit entities that has long supported responsible stewardship of the environment balanced with providing safe, affordable, and reliable energy.