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May 24, 2017 - Safety Coordinator Earns Certification

Jody Parker, coordinator of corporate safety for Albemarle EMC, recently earned a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certification.
The certification carries with it a power industry endorsement in transmission and distribution. CUSP candidates must pass a rigorous exam. Candidates must demonstrate understanding of utility safety regulations as well as competencies and task-directed skills for utility companies as well as contract partners.
“This is a significant achievement for Jody and our culture of safety,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC. “The knowledge derived from this certification will enhance our work safety.”

May 5, 2017 - Co-op Supports Wounded Warriors

For the third year in a row, Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation and several other eastern electric cooperatives supported the Gates County Wounded Warrior Turkey Hunt.
The cooperatives contributed a total of $1,000 to the event, which was held April 20-22. In addition, Albemarle EMC Engineering Technician III Travis Riddick and Lineman Kevin Bailey served as a volunteer caller and guide for Marine Corps Sgt. Jeff Davis, who was able to bag a gobbler.
Seventeen wounded warriors including one Medal of Honor recipient participated in this year’s 6th annual event. With the assistance of 32 volunteer hunting guides, they were able to take seven gobblers.
“This event is for building relationships with these wounded warriors, and these relationships will last for ever and ever,” said Ray Freeman, who helps organize the event with Ray Campbell. Both men work for the Gates County Sheriff’s Department.
Freeman said they are selling hats and T-shirts for $10 each to raise funds for the 2018 event. To purchase an item, Freeman can be contacted by email at Donations can be sent to Gates County Wounded Warriors, c/o NC State Employees Credit Union, P.O. Box 4, Gatesville, NC 27938.

May 4, 2017 - Students Win Basketball Camp Scholarships

Chowan Middle School students Olivia Hare and Joshua Twiddy were recently awarded scholarships to two prestigious basketball camps this summer.
Olivia will be attending the N.C. State Women’s Basketball Camp, and Joshua will be attending the Roy Williams Basketball Camp, at the University of North Carolina.
Both students were selected based on the quality of their submitted essays, grades and extra curricular activities.
Olivia plays on the school’s basketball and softball teams. She is an honor roll student and has received the Principal’s Award, the Outstanding Band Student Award, Achievement of Independent Reading Award and the Youth Citizenship Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. 
Joshua has a 4.0 grade point average. He has won the Vidant Medical Center’s Martin Luther King speech writing contest and also took second place in the N.C. BAR Association’s mock trial contest. He plays baseball, soccer and basketball.
“We are proud to provide this opportunity to these two student-athletes,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC.

Feb. 3, 2017 - Sports Camp Deadline Approaching

Time is ticking for local middle-school students to apply for an all-expense paid scholarship to attend summer basketball camp at two of the state’s largest universities.
As part of the Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship program, Albemarle EMC will be sending one young man to the Roy Williams Basketball Camp June 17-21 at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, and one young lady to the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp June 11-14 at N.C. State University, in Raleigh. At the overnight camps, students will work directly with players and coaches to develop basketball skills and practice leadership and teamwork.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grades during the 2017-2018 school year. Applicants must also have permission from a parent or guardian to attend the sleep-away camp and must provide their own transportation to and from the camp if selected to attend.
Applicants will be judged on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay. To access the application, visit, or contact Tonya Howard at (800) 662-8835 for more information about the program.  Applications must be received or postmarked by March 31, as winners are expected to be announced by May 1.
The Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships provide a one-of-a-kind educational and athletic opportunity to our state’s youth and reflect Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community. North Carolina’s 25 local Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award more than 50 sports camp scholarships to students statewide this year.

Feb. 3, 2017 - Two Students Selected to Attend Washington Youth Tour

Two students were recently selected by a panel of judges to attend the Albemarle EMC Washington Youth Tour trip.
Elizabeth Knott and Kayla Welch, both juniors at John A. Holmes High School, in Edenton, will be Albemarle EMC’s delegates for the Washington Youth Tour.
Elizabeth is a member of the school choir, student government assembly and history club. Her hobbies include youth ministry, theatre and playing the piano. Her academic accomplishments include first place in a history competition about the renaissance and third place in another history competition regarding the importance of the U.S military.
Kayla is an honor student, who has served as a page for North Carolina Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram. She also has a silver NC Career Readiness certificate and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She plays the Clarinet for the high school marching band and is a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Edenton.
The Youth Tour will be held in June and involve a level of access to Washington, D.C. that few ever experience. Attendees will meet delegates from all over the country, who will visit Capital Hill to meet with their legislators. The trip will include a cruise down the Potomac River, a dance and visits to several attractions around Washington. The delegates will also be charged with forming and running a cooperative.
“We are delighted that Albemarle EMC will be represented by such deserving students,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC. “We hope they learn a lot and have a great time.”

Dec. 6, 2016 - Albemarle EMC Toy Drive is Huge Success

Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation's 9th Annual Light Up Christmas toy drive has again proven to be a huge success.
More than $17,000 was raised throught the co-op's Light Up Christmas golf tournament. Albemarle EMC employees volunteered their time to purchase the toys, which filled about 34 shopping carts. The toys were bagged, sorted and delivered to local schools in the counties of Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank and Camden. School personnel, who had identified less-fortuante families in their school system, coordinated the delivery of the toys to the parents. More than 500 children received toys through this year's toy drive.
"The generosity shown by our corporate partners as well as members and employees really set a new benchmark this year," siad Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC. "We want to thank all of the people who donated time and money as well as the school system personnel who participated with us in this effort."

Sept. 6, 2016 - Teachers: Apply for Bright Ideas Grants by Sept. 23

Time is running out for teachers to apply for grants from Albemarle EMC’s Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by Sept. 23. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips and more information on the Bright Ideas grant website at
“Since 1994, the Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $10.2 million for 9,800 projects benefitting more than 2 million students across North Carolina,” said Chris Powell, coordinator of public relations for Albemarle EMC. “We are committed to local communities, and we believe there’s no better way to contribute than by investing in the education of our youth.”
Albemarle EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have allocated close to $600,000 to give to educators across the state during the 2016-2017 school year.
The grants will be awarded in November for projects in all grade levels and all disciplines, including math, science, art, language, English and history. Last year, Albemarle EMC awarded more than $12,000 for classroom projects.
The Bright Ideas grant application requires an outline of the proposed project, a detailed budget and a description of the benefit to students. Applicants are encouraged to highlight the innovative, creative elements of the project and to proofread carefully. Teachers, submit your application by Sept. 23! 

Aug. 23, 2016 - Grandy Primary Teacher Honored as 'Tar Heel Teacher of the Week'

Albemarle EMC is proud to announce that local teacher Margie White, of Grandy Primary School, is being honored on a statewide level as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. Albemarle EMC nominated White in recognition of her dedication to students and for winning Bright Ideas education grant funding for the project “Decoding Delayed Readers.”
White is one of only 26 teachers statewide to earn the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week designation this school year. She will be recognized on air during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina football game against Georgia on Sept. 3 and also on the Bright Ideas website at She, along with other Tar Heel Teacher of the Week honorees, will also receive tickets to attend a UNC game and a plaque commemorating their achievement.
“We partner with many outstanding teachers through our Bright Ideas education grant program, and Margie consistently goes above and beyond to make a difference for students,” said Chris Powell, coordinator of public relations for Albemarle EMC. “It is an honor to recognize Margie for her hard work and to be able to thank her for the positive contribution she makes in our community.”
Albemarle is accepting Bright Ideas education grant applications from teachers for creative classroom learning projects at through Sept. 23. The Tar Heel Teacher of the Week and Bright Ideas education grant programs are examples of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives’ commitment to community.
About the Bright Ideas education grant program: The Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in North Carolina classrooms by awarding grants to teachers in grades K-12 for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded. Since the program began in 1994, about $10.2 million has been given to educators for more than 9,800 projects benefitting well over 1.8 million students. 

July 20, 2016 - School Receives Grant

The Perquimans County Middle School will be receiving new equipment, thanks to a grant from the Albemarle Community Trust.
The $2,000 grant will be used to purchase a 3D printer with a filament and other assorted items.
"The goal of the project is to transform the media center from a place where students predominantly check out books and use the computers into a true extension of the classroom," said Brenda Lassiter, executive director of the Perquimans County Schools Foundation, Inc.
The Albemarle Community Trust is funded by Albemarle EMC members, who contribute voluntarily through their power bills. Members can opt out at any time.

July 1, 2016 - Port Discover Awarded ACT Grant

Port Discover recently received a grant from the Albemarle Community Trust.
The $2,000 will be used to replace old windows located in the upstairs portion of the building, located in downtown Elizabeth City.
"We are currently starting a science program called "Tech Cafe" for teens in the upstairs portion of the building," said Robin Kelly-Goss, director of Port Discover. "The funds are needed to replace the upstairs windows that leak."

May 5, 2016 - AEMC Awards Sports Camp Scholarships

Two local students have earned Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships from Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation to attend summer basketball camps at two of the state’s largest college campuses.
Elaina Greene, of Camden Middle School, will attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University, and Samuel Guill, also of Camden Middle School, will attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both will be on full scholarships from Albemarle EMC.  Elaina is the daughter of Shelley and Ren Greene. Samuel is the son of Jason and Sara Guill.
“Albemarle EMC is pleased to give these outstanding students the opportunity to experience life on a college campus and learn from college coaches and student-athletes,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC.
Elaina and Samuel were selected by a panel of judges based on an application that included academic achievements, extracurricular activities, an essay and a short-answer question. 

March 29, 2016 - Albemarle EMC Kicks off Bright Ideas Education Grants

Albemarle EMC and the other 25 co-ops in the network of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have collectively pledged nearly $600,000 to the state’s teachers in Bright Ideas education grant funding for the 2016-17 school year. Educators can submit an application beginning April 1 for grants for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be possible. Teachers can learn more and apply online at
“For more than 20 years, Bright Ideas grants have helped teachers bring innovative ideas to life and get students excited about learning,” said Chris Powell, coordinator of public relations for Albemarle EMC. “Albemarle EMC is committed to the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better investment than in the education of our youth.”
The grants are available to K-12 teachers for innovative projects in any subject. Teachers can apply individually or as a team online.
Applications will be accepted April 1 through Sept. 23; however, it could pay to apply early. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Monday, Aug. 15 will be entered to win a Visa gift card.
To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that feature innovation and creativity. The application and grant-writing tips can be found at
Since 1994, Albemarle EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have worked to enhance education by engaging students in meaningful learning projects that encourage creative approaches. In the past two decades, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have contributed more than $10.2 million to teachers for 9,800 projects benefiting more than 2 million students.
“Teachers have amazing, creative ideas to help students succeed, and we never want a lack of resources to limit the implementation of those ideas,” Powell said. “The enthusiasm and dedication of educators never ceases to amaze us, and we are proud to support their efforts.”

Feb. 12, 2016 - Clean Power Plan Put on Hold

On February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan be put on hold until all legal challenges to the Plan are resolved. This is likely to take until 2017.
In its current form, the Clean Power Plan sets carbon dioxide emission limits for each state to achieve a collective national emissions reduction of 32 percent by 2030. As this issue works its way through the courts, electric cooperatives will continue to work with policy leaders on energy issues affecting our members. Our goal is to ensure that regulations and legislation support our balanced portfolio and allow us to continue to provide you with safe, affordable and reliable power in an environmentally responsible way.

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