Piedmont Electric announces carbon reduction goals

Steve HamlinBeing a local cooperative, Piedmont Electric is concerned about more than just delivering affordable, reliable power. One of our core principles is to look out for the communities we serve to ensure they remain a good place to live, work and raise a family.

Towards that principle, Piedmont Electric has set ambitious carbon reduction goals to make sure that we do our part to protect the environment.

Piedmont Electric pledges to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 50 percent by 2030 and will have net zero carbon emissions by 2050. While Piedmont Electric does not own or operate power plants, the cooperative will work with its power providers to meet these goals.

Piedmont Electric has long been a supporter of renewable energy. The cooperative supports members who install their own solar, developed two community solar projects to enable all members to participate in renewable energy and has used the renewable energy provided by the Southeastern Power Administration’s hydropower projects for decades.

renewable energy breakdown

Additionally, the cooperative offers time-of-day rates which help support energy efficiency and load shifting among its membership to give members options in managing their bills while reducing the need for future power plants.

Other measures helping reduce the co-op’s carbon footprint include offering rebates and loans to members for energy efficient HVAC systems, system improvements which reduce the need for a vehicle to visit the location, advocating for public policy that advances innovation and a prepay system that supports energy efficiency. Remember to always call us at 800.222.3107 to learn the specific details for our rebates and loan programs.

Your local cooperative has also supported the growth of electric vehicles by providing rebates and advantageous rates for members who charge their vehicles during times when energy demand is low. Piedmont Electric is also integrating electric and hybrid vehicles into its fleet helping the co-op and its members reduce their carbon footprint further.

Contact Piedmont Electric to learn more about these initiatives and for ways you can reduce your carbon footprint by exploring our energy-saving programs or calling 800.222.3107.

Interested to know what our projected 2020 energy mix is?

This is our energy mix goal for 2020. Our net carbon emissions have been reduced by 37 percent since 2005 and we aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.

2020 energy mix