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Scholarship Winners Train with Top-Ranked Basketball Programs

Lorelei Jean with NC State Wolfpack Women’s head coach Wes Moore.

Two local students practiced alongside athletes and coaches from top-ranked college basketball programs this summer, thanks to Halifax EMC’s Touchstone Energy Sports Camp scholarships.

Lorelei Jean and Keshiya Evans, both from Halifax County, attended the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at NC State University in Raleigh, led by head coach Wes Moore.

“Lorelei and Keshiya are outstanding students, athletes and community members,” said Julia Allsbrook, manager of Marketing and Economic Development at Halifax EMC. “We are proud to partner with a prestigious North Carolina university to help provide such a unique leadership and learning experience for our local students and future leaders.”

The campers joined more than 20 electric co-op scholarship winners statewide at the camp, where they stayed overnight in dorms and experienced life as a college student. At camp, coaches and student-athletes worked directly with campers to develop basketball fundamentals and practice skills such as teamwork that will help them excel on and off the court.

 

Keshiya Evans with NC State Wolfpack Women’s head coach Wes Moore.

Touchstone Energy Sports Camp scholarships are available each year as part of Halifax EMC’s commitment to supporting  youth and education in our community. Congratulations to Lorelei and Keshiya for earning these scholarships and representing Halifax EMC at basketball camp this summer!

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Halifax Helps Awards Grants to Local Organizations

Halifax Helps, Inc., recently awarded 11 organizations grants totaling $23,400. Halifax Helps was established in 2008 to provide financial assistance to areas served by Halifax Electric Membership Corporation in economic development, education, emergency responders, energy efficiency, and environment. Funds for the grants are collected through Operation Round Up, a voluntary program that rounds participating members’ electric bills to the nearest dollar.

Grant recipients were:
• Halifax County Cooperative Extension Service
• Fleming’s Community Outreach and Resources
• Historic Episcopal Church of the Advent
• Sylvan Heights Bird Park
• Warrenton Lions Club
• Roanoke Valley D.I.R.T. Ministries
• Enfield Fire Department
• The Living and Learning Youth Center
• Choanoke Area Development Association (C.A.D.A.)
• Families Supporting Families
• American Red Cross

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Halifax County Receives $170,000 Zero-Interest Loan to Purchase New Roll-Off Truck

Halifax County received a $170,000 zero-interest loan to help pay for a new roll-off truck for the Solid Waste Division of the county’s Public Utilities Department. Halifax Electric Membership Corporation is playing a supporting role in the purchase of the new roll-off truck by facilitating a loan funded from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program.

Halifax County’s new 2022 Mack Granite 64FR Roll-Off will aid the department in delivering waste to the county’s landfill site.

“Halifax County is grateful to Halifax EMC in facilitating the USDA REDLG zero-interest loan for the purchase of this new roll-off truck,” said Dia Denton, Interim County Manager. “Halifax County strives in all of our departments to provide the highest quality service to our citizens at the lowest possible cost. Having the zero-interest loan for this new equipment is assisting us in doing just that.”

“Facilitating zero-interest USDA REDLG loans allows us to support our communities far beyond our electric service,” said Charles Guerry, Halifax EMC executive vice president and general manager. “This is the co-op’s second zero-interest USDA REDLG loan to the county and we look forward to assisting with any future needs.”

In the past several years, Halifax EMC has secured more than $1.9 million in USDA funding within Halifax and Warren counties for fire trucks, patrol vehicles, a fireboat, as well as electric nursing home beds. As the funds are repaid, they are re-loaned to assist with future projects in communities served by Halifax EMC.

Pictured with the roll-off truck are: (left to right): Mary Duncan, Halifax County finance director; Christina Wells, assistant county manager; Greg Griffin, Halifax County public utilities director; Ed Stanfield, Halifax County solid waste operations & maintenance supervisor; Dia Denton, interim county manager; Charles Guerry, Halifax EMC executive vice president; Betty Jo Shepheard, eastern regional field representative for the Office of Senator Richard Burr; and Halifax EMC board of directors Harry Williams, Morell Jones, and Stanley Brothers.
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Halifax EMC awarded funding for new electric vehicle charging station at Lake Gaston

A new electric vehicle (EV) charging station has come to Lake Gaston and is located at Lake Gaston Pit Stop. Halifax EMC applied for and was awarded funding from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality through the Volkswagen Settlement Fund to fund the charger.

“This charging station will help increase local commerce, reduce emissions and bring the benefits of driving electric to our community,” said Charles Guerry, Executive Vice President of Halifax EMC. “Our members are increasingly interested in the convenience, cost savings and environmental advantage of electric vehicles, and we are proud to support expansion of this technology by securing funding for this local project.”

The new station at Lake Gaston Pit Stop is a DC Fast charger. DC Fast chargers provide the quickest charge available and can charge a depleted electric vehicle’s battery to 80 percent capacity in under 30 minutes.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including Halifax EMC, are working to create a statewide network of EV charging stations, enabling the increased adoption of EV technology. Cooperatives primarily serve members in rural locations, and their expanding charging network fills gaps in charging infrastructure in rural and tourist-visited areas, creating environmental and economic benefits for communities.

There are already 74 charging stations online in the North Carolina’s Electric Cooperative network, supporting a total of 122 ports. More than 4,000 users have accessed these chargers, from communities across North Carolina and 17 other states.

The Lake Gaston Pit Stop DC Fast Charger is the second fast charger location for Halifax EMC. The first DC fast charger is located on Highway 561 at Robbie’s just off of Interstate 95, Exit 160.

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Educators, the Bright Ideas Application Deadline is Approaching – Apply Now!

K-12 educators, the 2021 Bright Ideas education grant program application deadline is almost here! To apply for project funding for the 2021-22 academic school year, submit your application on or before September 15. This year, Halifax EMC is awarding $7,500 in grant funding to teachers with innovative,

To apply, teachers need to include a proposed budget, outline a plan for implementation and evaluation, as well as have a stamp of approval from the school’s principal. Check out these tips for grant writing to strengthen your application. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements. For more information and to check your eligibility status, please contact Julia Allsbrook at jallsbrook@halifaxemc.com or 252-445-5111.

To learn more about the program and apply online, visit www.ncbrightideas.com. Stay up to date with the Bright Ideas Education Grant program by following @NCBrightIdeas on Facebook!

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Halifax Electric, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives bring solar energy and battery storage to northeastern N.C.

Halifax Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), an Enfield based power provider to more than 11,750 homes and businesses, and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, the wholesale power provider to the state’s local co-ops, today jointly announce a significant milestone in energy innovation for North Carolina  – the operation of a newly constructed 6.9MWdc solar energy and battery storage project interconnected at an electric substation in Enfield, N.C.

This project, named Grissom, was developed by Pine Gate Renewables. It will generate enough energy to power approximately 1,030 homes annually and is a demonstration of the electric cooperatives’ leadership in incorporating new energy resources that enhance grid resilience and reliability to consumer-members, while also working toward sustainability goals set under the co-ops’ Brighter Future vision.

The Grissom facility is interconnected to Halifax EMC’s distribution grid via its Medoc substation, and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives is buying the power under a long-term contract. In addition to the solar energy, Grissom provides 10MWh of additional energy storage, expected to be dispatched during peak demand hours as an additional resource for these high usage times and helping to control costs.

Halifax EMC worked closely with Pine Gate Renewables to provide the interconnection. “Halifax EMC is excited to share new efforts to build a brighter future for our local communities – through innovation, sustainability, and a continued focus on reliability and meeting member needs,” said Charles Guerry, EVP of Halifax EMC.

“This pairing of solar energy with battery storage is important,” said Lee Ragsdale, Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “Solar energy is most abundant during the middle of the day, but demand peaks in the late afternoon hours in the summer and early in the morning during winter. With this project, we are capturing a renewable resource when it’s most abundant, storing it and discharging it exactly when it’s needed – there’s a lot of potential here.”

About North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

Driven by service and inspired by innovation, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are building a brighter future for 2.5 million North Carolinians. Beyond providing electricity, each of the 26 not-for-profit cooperatives is investing in their communities and delivering new energy solutions to improve quality of life for co-op members in 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Learn more at ncelectriccooperatives.com.

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Halifax Helps Awards Over $28,900 in Grants to Local Organizations

Halifax Helps, Inc., the administrative organization for Operation Round Up® through Halifax Electric Membership Corporation, recently awarded grants to ten local organizations.

The following organizations were awarded grants:

  • Enfield Fire Department
  • Churchill Five Forks VFD
  • Afton-Elberon VFD
  • Arcola Rural VFD
  • Downtown Enfield Restoration & Preservation
  • Warrenton Rural VFD
  • Tillery Spectrum Connections, Inc.
  • Historic Episcopal Church of the Advent
  • Lake Gaston Foundation
  • Halifax County Cooperative Extension

Through the generosity of members who round up their monthly electric bill to the next dollar, Operation Round Up® has helped our neighbors and community by contributing $606,000 to local nonprofit organizations and charities since 2009. A total of 266 projects have been supported locally.

Grants are awarded semiannually and the application and guidelines are available online. The deadline for the next submission is September 30, 2021.

 

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Warrenton Rural Volunteer Fire Department Receives $360,000 Zero-Interest Loan to Purchase New Truck

Warrenton Rural Volunteer Fire Department received a $360,000 zero-interest loan to help pay for their new pumper-tanker. Halifax Electric Membership Corporation is playing a supporting role in the purchase of the new fire truck by facilitating a loan funded from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program.

A check presentation was held on Tuesday, February 17 at the fire station in Warrenton and the new truck was on display. “The partnership between our fire department and Halifax EMC was instrumental in making this new fire apparatus purchase possible,” said Walter Gardner, mayor of Warrenton and chief of Warrenton Rural VFD.  “There are lots of smiles of gratitude hidden by these masks!”

The USDA’s REDLG program provides zero-interest funds to local electric cooperatives who in turn lend the money to local entities for projects that support rural areas. Payments from organizations who have received REDLG loans managed by Halifax EMC in the past are placed into the co-op’s Community Revolving Loan fund which allows these federal funds to be re-loaned in the local communities.

“We’re proud to be able to support the Warrenton Rural Volunteer Fire Department in their mission to serve and protect,” Halifax EMC Executive Vice President Charles H. Guerry said. “This zero-interest loan program through the USDA allows us to support rural organizations in our communities far beyond our electric service. We want our communities to be great places to live, work and raise a family.”

Pictured with the new pumper-tanker truck are: (front row left to right): Mark Wethington, Warrenton town commissioner; Stan Brothers, Halifax EMC board president; Charles Guerry, Halifax EMC executive vice president; Emmanuel Gbedee, the Office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield; Walter Gardner, mayor of Warrenton and chief of Warrenton Rural VFD; Walter Powell, WRVFD member and Warren County commissioner; Mary Hunter, Warrenton Town commissioner; and Tare “T” Davis, chairman, Warren County commission. (back row left to right): John Blalock, WRVFD treasurer and Warrenton town commissioner; Harry Williams, Halifax EMC board member; Joey Nelson, the Office of Senator Thom Tillis; Macon Robertson, Halifax EMC board member; and Robert Davie, Town of Warrenton administrator.

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Ways to Save Energy and Money During Cold Weather

During the winter, the drop in temperature can cause a household’s electricity use to increase as heating systems work harder to keep homes warm. And with many people spending more time at home during the pandemic, energy use may increase more sharply in comparison to previous years.

Helping our members save energy and money is always a priority for Halifax EMC, but when it’s cold outside, energy awareness and efficiency become especially important.

“We know that energy use typically goes up during the coldest and hottest months of the year,” said Brady Martin, Manager of Marketing and Economic Development for Halifax EMC, which serves approximately 10,000 members in Halifax, Warren, and parts of Nash and Martin counties. “The good news is there are simple steps our members can take to help control their energy use and associated costs, and our co-op also offers a number of tools to make it easier to monitor and manage household energy patterns.”

Some quick and easy things co-op members can do to help reduce the amount of energy they use this season include:

Embracing natural sunlight. On bright, sunny days, open your blinds and allow the natural heat from the sun’s rays to warm up your home. Be sure to close them at night and keep your windows sealed to lock cold air away.

Lowering your thermostat. Instead of maintaining higher temperatures indoors, opt for a consistent temperature – no higher than 68 degrees – to avoid overworking your heater. Extreme weather conditions cause HVAC systems to work harder, which leads to higher energy consumption and costs, so it’s more cost effective to bundle up with a blanket and cozy socks instead of turning the thermostat up.

Saving hot water. If you’ve never adjusted your water heater, it is likely set to 140 degrees. By lowering it to 120 degrees, you can benefit from reduced energy use and cost savings. Other quick changes that make a big difference are investing in a low-flow shower head to cut back on hot water use, washing clothes in cold water, and running dishwashers and laundry machines with full loads, preferably at off-peak times such as midday, late evening and overnight.

Turning off lights and devices when not in use. Make sure to turn off lights, space heaters and other appliances when you are not using them. Consider installing a power strip that allows you to easily unplug devices that constantly use energy even when turned off, such as TVs and game systems.

Making simple switches. Replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs, and switch ceiling fans to run in a clockwise direction to help push warmer air down.

Staying on top of maintenance. Have your heating system serviced regularly to ensure optimal performance, and change air filters monthly to make sure your system is operating as efficiently as possible. These two simple tips can save you big money.

Investing in smart technology for your home. Smart devices, such as WiFi-connected thermostats and water heater controls, can help take the stress out of energy management. According to Energy.gov, you can save as much as 10 percent on heating and cooling per year by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day in the winter and by setting it that much higher in the summer. This adjustment happens automatically with a smart device and can be programmed to occur when you’re away from home or asleep.

In addition to these tips, Halifax EMC offers tools to help members monitor and manage their energy use. Members may log into their account to view kWh usage as well as set up high energy use alerts. Consistent account monitoring allows members to adjust energy habits before they are surprised with a high electric bill the next month.

These tips and tools are part of Halifax EMC’s commitment to building a brighter future for the people and the local communities we serve. In addition to ensuring the delivery of reliable, affordable and sustainable power, this vision emphasizes the importance of innovation and ongoing community support. With a long-term goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Halifax EMC is leveraging new and existing technologies to shape the future of the electric grid and better serve our members, both now and in the years to come.

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Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department Receives $360,000 Zero-Interest Loan to Purchase New Truck

Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department received a ten-year, $360,000 zero-interest loan from Halifax Electric Membership Corporation to purchase a 2019 Class A Pumper truck.

The funds were made possible primarily by a $300,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program (REDLG) awarded to Halifax EMC for their Community Revolving Loan program. The program provides zero-interest funds to local electric cooperatives who in turn lend the money to local entities for projects that support rural areas.

“On behalf of Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department, I would like to thank the USDA and Halifax Electric for the hard work and dedication to provide us this zero-interest loan,” Roanoke-Wildwood VFD President Eric Davis said. “Their continued involvement in the community is essential and greatly appreciated amongst community members.”

“Commitment to communities is one of the core values that has guided us since we were founded in 1938,” Halifax EMC Executive Vice President Charles H. Guerry said. “This zero-interest loan program through the USDA allows us to support rural organizations in our communities far beyond our electric service. We want our communities to be great places to live, work and raise a family.”

Pictured with the new truck are: (left to right) Charles Guerry, Halifax EMC executive vice president; Emmanuel Gbedee, the Office of Congressman G.K. Butterfield; BettyJo Shepheard, the Office of U.S. Senator Richard Burr; Trey Lewis, the Office of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis; Lorenzo Wilkins, Roanoke-Wildwood VFD chief; and Eric Davis, Roanoke- Wildwood VFD president.