(NASHVILLE, TENN.) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today honored Wadesboro, N.C.-based Pee Dee EMC with the Association’s Community Service Award for Energy Efficiency.
Consistent with electric cooperatives’ longstanding commitment to saving their members money through greater efficiency, Pee Dee Electric developed a program to install more efficient lighting at local poultry and livestock facilities, offering rebates to members who purchase the new bulbs.
“This program exemplifies the cooperative difference: Pee Dee Electric is looking out for their members, finding innovative technologies to help them save electricity and money,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.
Cooperatives have been exploring a wide range of new technologies to help agricultural members improve efficiency. New agricultural lighting offers a significant opportunity for cutting electricity use by members. For its part, Pee Dee Electric is able to bank the savings in the form of credits needed to comply with North Carolina’s energy efficiency requirement.
Pee Dee Electric makes high-efficiency agricultural lighting available to farmers to replace existing high-wattage incandescent bulbs in poultry houses and livestock barns. The LED bulbs pay for themselves in six months.
To date, Pee Dee Electric has sold 102,000 of these energy-efficient bulbs to more than 542 farmers across North Carolina. The calculated daily savings for the average poultry house that replaces 60-W incandescent bulbs with 8-W LED bulbs is 82.4 Kwh per day.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.
More than 8,500 representatives from cooperative electric utilities across the nation are attending the NRECA Annual Meeting March 2-5, during which they will set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2014. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates receive reports from NRECA officials, hear addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attend educational forums on major issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer owners.