Jan. 30, 2019 - ACT Grants Top $1 Million
Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation recently surpassed the $1 million mark in Albemarle Community Trust (ACT) grants awarded to the local community.
Established in 2002, Operation RoundUp enables Albemarle EMC members to voluntarily contribute to the trust through their power bills. Each month their bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the difference going to the Albemarle Community Trust. The amounts contributed average about $6 per member annually.
Grant applications are reviewed by a volunteer board. Each year the ACT board awards close to $60,000. The grants have been used to support volunteer fire departments, food pantries, educational foundations and much more.
“We are so proud to have surpassed this milestone,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC. “This program would not be possible without the support of our participating members. We can’t thank them enough.”
Oct. 19, 2018 - Albemarle EMC Weathers Tropical Storm Michael
Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation’s electrical system held up considerably well to the tropical force winds that passed over our area Thursday night into Friday morning.
The cooperative incurred 12 outages that affected 150 members in the counties of Perquimans, Pasquotank, Chowan and Camden. The majority of the outages were caused by tree limbs falling on lines. Power was restored to all members by Friday morning.
The cooperative’s weather stations recorded wind speeds of 46 mph at Camden, 43 mph in Perquimans and 37 mph in Chowan. The winds resulted from Hurricane Michael, which came ashore in Florida, then weakened to a tropical storm as it sped through the southeastern states. Albemarle EMC’s system performed well, said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC.
“Albemarle EMC was blessed again, as we received minimal impact from Tropical Storm Michael,” Ray said. “Our electrical system held up very well in the winds, which is due to our continued maintenance work, construction of new power substations and lines, and upgrades of older lines. Our employees worked hard this week to prepare for this storm and worked throughout the night on scattered outages. We appreciate our members’ continued support and thoughts of our employees’ safety. Please keep our neighboring cooperatives in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in your thoughts as they continue to restore power to their members.”
April 27, 2018 - Co-ops Support Wounded Warriors
Albemarle EMC along with several other eastern co-ops recently gave a total of $1,000 to the Gates County Wounded Warrior Turkey Hunt.
In addition two Albemarle EMC employees volunteered to serve as guides for the three-day hunt, now in its seventh year.
Engineering Technician Travis Riddick and Lineman Kevin Bailey were able to call in a gobbler for wounded warrior, Josh Blackmon, who served multiple tours in the Middle East, before being injured by a roadside improvised explosive device. This is the third year that Riddick and Bailey have guided for Blackmon, who has bagged gobblers each time.
Twelve wounded warriors hunted this year, and 10 gobblers were bagged. Meals were provided by volunteers. After the hunts, the warriors were treated to prize drawings. The warriors were entered into drawings for a Henry "Golden Boy" repeating rifle as well as a silver edition Henry rifle. Shotguns were also raffled off to warriors as well as the volunteer hunting guides.
"Our folks in Gates County form a relationship with the wounded warriors, and those relationships carry on," said Ray Freeman, who helps coordinate the event. "I'd like to thank Lulu Eure, who makes the Gates County Community Center available for these Wounded Warrior hunts."
Other participating electric co-ops included Carteret Craven, Edgecombe Martin, Halifax, Roanoke, Pitt & Greene, Tideland, Tri-County and Cape Hatteras.