Operation RoundUp awards nearly $13,000 in support of community efforts

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Co-op announces EV Subscriber Rate packages

Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s Electric Vehicle Pilot Program now offers member-owners the option to choose their rate based on the anticipated monthly mileage.

To enhance our original Electric Vehicle Rate, which is a flat fee of $50 per month for up to 450 kWh providing about 50 driving miles per day, the co-op has added two additional options.  The new options  will allow members to choose from the following additional service levels:
“We recognize that our member-owners have different driving needs,” said Curtis Wynn, the co-op’s president and CEO.  “And we’re always thinking of ways to give them options and services that best fit their individual needs.”

The co-op still offers special incentives to electric vehicle owners wishing to participate in our EV Pilot Program.  Participants can now choose from one of three service levels, each of which comes with a free charging station, free installation and a $1,000 incentive.

Those interested in learning more about the cost savings and other benefits of owning an electric vehicle are encouraged to contact the co-op. REC staff will share more detailed information about how EV’s work and the cost-savings potential. Member-owners may also schedule a test drive in the co-op’s electric vehicle.

For more information about the co-op’s EV Pilot Program, call (252) 209-2236 or visit our Electric Vehicles page.

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Save the date: Annual Meeting & Member-Owner Celebration, Aug. 28

Member-owners are urged to join Roanoke Electric’s Annual Meeting & Member-Owner Celebration which will be hosted virtually on Saturday, Aug. 28.   Participants will be able to join via video conference or by telephone.

“This is our chance to celebrate our continued existence, our accomplishments and our plans for a brighter future,” said Curtis Wynn, the co-op’s president and CEO.  “We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and are working extremely hard to make this year’s virtual gathering one that ranks evenly with any other meeting we’ve had.”

The hour-long gathering will kick-off at 9 a.m. with the official business meeting, during which the election of six board members is on the agenda. Prior to the meeting, member-owners must cast their votes by mail or online, beginning July 23.

Survey & Ballot Systems, our elections consultant, will be mailing paper ballots to each member-owner. In addition, the co-op will be launching a new website, where member-owners can cast their vote online.  The last day to submit your ballot is Aug. 25, 2021.
“Voting will be handled by SBS to ensure complete integrity in the elections process,” said Patrice Jordan, the co-op’s coordinator of community relations and engagement.  “They will count all the ballots and certify the election results.”Also during the meeting, co-op representatives will provide brief updates on major programs and initiatives.

Following the business meeting, door prizes will be raffled off to participating member-owners. You must be present to win.

Beginning August 2nd, member-owners are encouraged to drop by the co-op’s Ahoskie or Rich Square offices to pick up a gift. “Since we cannot meet face-to-face at this year’s annual meeting, we are looking forward to this opportunity to meet member-owners and show our appreciation,” Wynn said.

Meeting participants will also be entered into a door prize drawing for additional giveaways, including $500.

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Roanoke Electric Co-op strengthens broadband efforts; appoints Robert “Bo” Coughlin as Vice President of Broadband Operations

AULANDER – JULY 13, 2021Roanoke Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce that Robert “Bo” Coughlin has joined its team as Vice President of Broadband Operations. Coughlin will be responsible for directing the co-op’s broadband subsidiary’s activities and buildout of the broadband service.

In this role, Coughlin will lead, plan, oversee and coordinate the strategy, design and operations of Roanoke Connect Holdings, LLC.  A major focus for Coughlin will be moving the broadband initiative forward to get more subscribers connected faster.

“We want our communities to know that we heard them loud and clear concerning urgency to receive broadband service,” said Curtis Wynn, the co-op’s President and CEO.  “A lot has been taking place behind the scenes to offer added value to our community and bringing Bo onto our team brings additional resources needed to strengthen those efforts.”

Coughlin joins the Roanoke team following his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Knight Broadband LLC – a leading provider of specialty contracting services throughout the United States, providing program management, engineering, construction, maintenance, and installation services for telecommunications providers.  At Knight Broadband, he led business strategy execution and developed systems to improve operational quality and efficiency while being instrumental in the company’s expansion.  Coughlin also brings an undeniable ability as a corporate strategist, strong operations leader, and innovative pioneer with expertise in vision-planning-execution.  Additionally, he has held executive leadership roles at Time Warner Cable, Kickstand Inc. and Rekindl LLC.

“Broadband is something we realize people need and are excited to get, and we’re working as hard as we can to get it to you,” Wynn said.  “I am confident that our team is better-positioned than ever before with Bo’s addition.”

About Roanoke Electric Cooperative:

Roanoke Electric Cooperative provides service to 14,500 members in Bertie, Hertford, Halifax, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan counties. Chartered in 1938 to provide light and power to farms, the co-op today serves as an engine of economic development and provides educational, recreational and community assistance services to enhance the quality of life of its member-owners throughout the diverse communities it serves. Roanoke Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

About Roanoke Connect Holdings, LLC:

Roanoke Connect, an initiative spearheaded by Roanoke Connect Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Roanoke Electric Cooperative, is building their broadband network to provide high-speed internet to Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, and Northampton counties in North Carolina. Roanoke Connect offers residential and business customers broadband internet, voice services, and smart grid energy efficiency capabilities. Living a fully connected and enhanced quality of life is Roanoke Connect’s commitment to the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.RoanokeConnect.com.

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Signup Period Ends July 23 for New Federal Funding to Support N.C. Conservation Practices

North Carolina is one of several states where the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing a total of $10 million to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry through voluntary conservation practices. USDA has opened a targeted signup period to make this assistance available, and the opportunity includes the counties served by Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project: Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton and Perquimans.

This assistance is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). It will help agricultural producers plan and implement voluntary conservation practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change on working lands.

The signup in North Carolina has an application deadline of July 23, 2021. The NRCS, which administers EQIP, selected states based on demonstrated demand for additional support for climate-smart practices.

Producers can visit NRCS’s EQIP webpage for a list of the specific climate-smart conservation practices and are encouraged to contact the NRCS office at their local USDA Service Center for more information about priority conservation practices in North Carolina. Those seeking information also can contact the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project by phone at (252) 539-4614 or by emailing Director Alton Perry at: aperry@roanokeelectric.com.

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Roanoke Electric Cooperative helped establish the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project in 2013 to help achieve one of the key parts of its mission: enhancing the quality of life in the diverse communities it serves.

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Upcoming Power Hour webinar to focus on broadband funding legislation

Roanoke Electric Co-op’s next Power Hour webinar will focus on pending state and federal broadband funding legislation that could impact the quality of education, healthcare and economic development in the communities we serve, as well as your future electric rates.  The co-op will host the webinar on July 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join guest panelist Michael Youth, Government and Regulatory Affairs Counsel at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, and Althea Riddick, Gates County Commissioner,  as they share updates about these critical funding proposals and offer insights into their potential positive impact on the roll-out of high-speed internet service in this region.  Time to get informed and get engaged! 

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Buyer beware: Don’t get burned by solar power rip-offs

While Roanoke Electric Cooperative embraces solar as a valuable renewable energy, the co-op is warning member-owners of third party vendors using deceptive selling tactics to pedal solar power.

“Over the last few months, we’ve received many calls from member-owners, who have spoken to vendors about installing solar panels at their homes,” said George Stamper, the co-op’s vice-president of information services and engineering.  “Unfortunately, some homeowners have been burned by less-than-honorable contractors promising everything from insufficient cost-to-savings ratios to the myth of being able to go completely off grid.”

Installing a renewable energy source does not only involve a qualified contractor, but also involves electrical codes, safety codes, and city or county permits. Other factors to consider include your home’s patterns of energy consumption and whether your roof can safely accommodate solar panels.

The local electric utility must also grant permission to connect that resource to the electrical grid. “Even with the installation of solar panels at your home, you’ll still be connected to our electrical grid to power your home when panels don’t generate sufficient electricity,” Stamper explained.

Before making any purchase of solar panels, he advises member-owners to contact the co-op first to avoid being taken advantage of. Stamper referred to recent instances of third-party vendors embellishing potential energy savings and offering misleading financials.  Published reports also warn of scammers fraudulently claiming to represent a local utility, while selling panels either door-to-door or over the phone. Bottom of Form

“As your trusted energy provider, we want you to be well-informed, ” Stamper said. “We encourage you to call us, even if you are only thinking about solar, wind, ground-source (geothermal) or hydroelectricity.”

For more information or to speak to someone about your interest in solar, call 252-209-2236. 

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Bright Ideas early bird application deadline: Aug. 15

Local teachers who  submit their applications for a Bright Ideas grant by the Aug. 15 early bird deadline will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

This year, Roanoke Electric Co-op plans to award $8,000 in Bright Ideas grant funding  to support teachers with ideas for innovative classroom projects.  The grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team.  Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15, 2021.

The submissions must include an estimated budget and have approval from their school’s principal.

Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process. Grant-writing tips can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com.

To apply, visit roanokeelectric.com/brightideas.

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REC Solutions: A way to keep your cool when energy costs spike

It’s that time of year again, when the warmer weather usually accompanies a seasonal spike in cooling costs. To help keep your cool  when the electric bills arrive, there is a  budgeting solution that may offer some peace of mind.

Roanoke Electric Co-op’s budget billing program gives member-owners the option to pay one set amount each month, based on a household’s average energy expense over the last twelve months.  Once that  is determined, member-owners are billed the same amount each month, so they know in advance the amount due.  If the actual energy consumption is less than the budgeted amount, participants will receive a credit on their electric bill.

“We know that trying to cool your home during the summer months often means an increase in your electric bill,” says Kirby Jordan, the co-op’s vice president of member services, marketing and public relations. “The co-op’s budget billing option takes some of the stress out of the seasonal ups and downs by allowing you to pay the same amount each month.”

If you would like to participate in budget billing, contact the co-op at 252-209-2236 to speak to a representative. 

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Senate Agriculture Committee hearing — Federal, State and Private Forestlands: Opportunities for Addressing Climate Change

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry today convened a hearing to examine federal, state, and private forestlands, focusing on opportunities for addressing climate change. The committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, said in her opening remarks, “Climate-smart forestry policies offer both tools to reduce carbon pollution and an important opportunity to develop new revenue streams for family foresters.”

Among those testifying before the committee was forest owner Kedren Dillard of Virginia. Ms. Dillard testified on behalf of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Network and the American Forest Foundation. One of the key points she made was this: “As you consider climate policy in this Committee and in this Congress, I urge you to create policies that recognize the important role and opportunity for forests and forest products as a climate solution and that ensure that African-American forest owners like my family and family forest owners more broadly are able to participate and contribute to tackling climate change in voluntary ways that increase our land values, help us keep our land in the family and keep it forested.”

Here is her full testimony: Testimony_Dillard Senate Ag Cmte 05.20.21. Here is the link to the video of the hearing.

 

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Save money, time with co-op’s electronic account management options

More than 600 member-owners are saving money, time, and the environment each month with Roanoke Electric Co-op’s e-bill and bank draft programs.

With e-bill, member-owners receive electric bills via email instead of through traditional postal services. Member-owners who take advantage of this program will receive a 50 cent credit on their monthly bills.

Member-owners have an additional savings opportunity when they opt to pay their monthly electric bills automatically through a bank draft. This comes with a $1 credit on their monthly electric bills.  Member-owners can choose their desired bank draft date: the 3rd, 10th, 18th or 25th of each month.

No longer worry about late fees with mail delays and missed due dates.  Save up to $18 annually when you bundle these deals together.

Call 252-209-2236 to sign up for E-bill and bank draft programs.