South River EMC has joined with North Carolina’s 25 electric cooperatives in announcing expanded efforts to build a brighter future for our members and communities across the state, including over 44,000 members our cooperative serves in Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.
Recognizing and supporting the priorities of our members, we are launching new efforts to preserve the reliability and affordability of electricity while also achieving important sustainability goals. Specifically, South River EMC and the state’s other electric cooperatives are working together to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 with an interim goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. By coordinating new and existing resources and implementing innovative services for our members, we are creating a modern electric grid that is more flexible, resilient and capable of supporting new energy solutions and the growing needs of local communities.
Beyond providing reliable, affordable and sustainable power, our commitment to building a brighter future extends to enriching local communities through economic development, education initiatives and community support that will help bridge our state’s urban/rural divide. A few examples of this include our work with the agricultural microgrid at Butler Farms, along with our efforts in programs like SmartStat, which uses smart thermostats in its members’ homes to manage demand for power and keep costs down for everyone, and the Advise Guys, a dedicated team that provides South River EMC members input and advice regarding energy saving measures.