Category: News Releases

Piedmont Electric’s 2015 Youth Scholarship Winners

Piedmont EMC awarded three youth scholarships to local students in our area. Two Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships were awarded to Trey Grizzle of Gravelly Middle School in Orange County for the Roy Williams Basketball Camp (June 20–24) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Matina McCain of Northern Middle School in Person County attended the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball… Read More»

Piedmont Electric’s 2015 College Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following six local high school seniors who were awarded a $1,500 scholarship to the school they will attend in the fall! Molly Nicole Monsees (Top Left) Northern High School, Durham County Daughter of Kelly and Michael Monsees of Rougemont. Molly plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill. Alex Shaw… Read More»

Hillsborough, NC – Moriah Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department can now provide more reliable emergency services with the help of Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation. Piedmont Electric awarded the non-profit fire department a $250,000 zero-interest loan that was used to purchase a new fire truck to add to their fleet.

The funds for the fire truck were awarded as part of an ongoing “revolving loan” program in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program (REDLG), which provides zero interest loans and grants to local electric cooperatives like Piedmont Electric. The cooperatives, in turn, lend money for projects that support rural areas.

The new truck is being used to improve the reliability of emergency response of the Moriah Volunteer Fire Department, which responds to approximately 300 calls per year to Person County and a small portion of Durham County. “Our old truck was aging,” said Bruce Lynch, Fire Chief at Moriah Volunteer Fire Department. “The old truck was built in 1978 and purchased second-hand in 1993. Standards regulate that trucks should be replaced every 20 years as well as possess a diesel engine and air brakes; the old truck had a gasoline engine and hydraulic brakes. It was time for a replacement.”

The new truck, a water tanker, is essential to the safety of Moriah Fire Departments firefighters and the rural communities they serve. The tanker can carry 2,000 gallons of water critical to the safety of rural communities in Moriah’s service area, which often do not have fire hydrants. “We’re proud to support the communities we serve through the REDLG program,” said Piedmont Electric President and CEO, Randy Brecheisen. “Providing zero interest funding for this tanker truck gives us the unique opportunity to support our community and contribute to the safety of this community as well.”

A portion of the funds loaned by Piedmont Electric, once repaid, will be re-loaned to assist with future projects in the Piedmont Electric service area. In 2014, Piedmont Electric delivered more loans, in number and total dollar amount, than any other organization participating in the REDLG program. Many of these loans also went to support fire departments improving the safety of Piedmont Electric’s service area.

Piedmont Electric Awards $285,000 Loan to the Eno Fire Department

The Eno Fire Department will soon have more reliable access to water in rural areas with the help of Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation. Piedmont Electric awarded the fire department a $285,000 zero-interest loan to add a new tanker truck to their fleet. The loan funds are available in partnership with… Read More»

Special Co-op Connections NASCAR Ticket Offer

It’s the “Last Race to Make the Chase” at the Richmond International Speedway and the drama is real!  It’s now or never for sixteen Sprint Cup Series drivers…be the first to see who’s in and who gets left behind. Join us at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, September 12,… Read More»

Outage Affecting our Baynes and Cherry Grove Substations

Our transmission line in the Camp Springs area of Caswell County has sustained damage due to broken cross arms. This outage is affecting our Baynes and Cherry Grove substations serving around 4,000 members in Caswell County. Crews are on the scene and working.  At this time, we are estimating a 3-4 hour… Read More»

PEMC’s Annual Meeting is Friday, April 17th

Our Annual Meeting is Friday, April 17th at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC. Doors and registration opens at 6PM, the meeting begins at 8PM. Come exercise on of your most important rights as a PEMC member and vote for your board of directors. We will also have booths, giveaways, prizes… Read More»

All Outages Restored After the “Big Chill” Event

As of Friday, February 27th at 4:45 p.m. Piedmont Electric had restored all power outages as a result of the winter storm that occurred late Wednesday night through Thursday morning.  Heavy, wet snow and ice from the storm weighed down power lines and caused tree limbs to snap and fall… Read More»

Storm Update: Piedmont Electric Restores 90% of Outages

Piedmont EMC crews have made significant progress in restoring outages that resulted from Thursday’s winter storm.  At the height of the storm there were more than 7,000 members without power.  As of 3:30am this morning only 769 outages remain.  Piedmont EMC will work as quickly and safely as possible to… Read More»