Recognizing and supporting the priorities of their members, the state’s electric cooperatives are embarking on new efforts to preserve the reliability and affordability of electricity while also achieving significant sustainability goals. By bringing existing and new resources together and encouraging the direct participation of their members, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are creating a modern electric grid that is more flexible, resilient and capable of supporting the growing needs and vitality of local communities.
To achieve this low-cost, low-carbon future, the state’s electric cooperatives are targeting a 50-percent drop in carbon emissions from their 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. These goals will be achieved primarily through a continued reliance on emissions-free nuclear power, which is a safe, reliable and affordable energy source that the cooperative network has invested in for decades. The cooperatives are also incorporating more renewable energy, as well as new technologies like battery storage to make these renewable sources even more reliable and versatile.
The ongoing involvement of members will continue to be critical in these sustainability efforts, as the co-ops are increasingly utilizing devices located in the homes of members to manage traffic on the grid and reduce peak demand for power. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are also partnering with their members to use electricity in new ways and electrify devices and processes previously powered by fossil fuels to achieve a wide range of far-reaching benefits, including improved environmental sustainability.