Monday, April 15, 2013

Rural electric co-ops go green - Christian Science Monitor

By Brooke Jarvis, YES! Magazine / April 15, 2013

Co-ops find many reasons to pursue energy efficiency—as in South Carolina, where the energy demands of a quickly growing population threatened to overload the grid. Reluctant to take on the cost of building new nuclear or natural gas plants, a group of cooperatives created an on-bill financing pilot program similar to How$martKY. Since South Carolina has the nation’s highest percentage of manufactured homes (which, on average, use far more energy per square foot than traditional homes), efficiency is an easy target. Eventually, the co-ops hope to retrofit more than 200,000 homes, saving customers $280 million a year.

PSC Will Hold Special Meeting April 16, 2013 at 4pm re Dual Party Relay Fund

Blue Ridge Doesn't Expect Rate Increase - Easley, SC Patch

By Jason Evans
He said cooperative officials are not sure that sales will ever recover proportionally to the level they were prior to 2007 and 2008.
“We're preparing, going forward, to not see that kind of revenue going forward,” Dalton said.
But Dalton emphasized that the cooperative plans to finish 2013 without a rate increase. The last time the cooperative adjusted the energy component of its rate was November 2008.
“We don't forsee a rate increase the rest of this year, and if there is one at all in 2014, we think it will be small, 3 or 4 percent,” Dalton said.

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