USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Visits Piedmont Electric

The Secretary of Agriculture met with Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation on Friday, September 7th and was provided with a presentation on our renewable and energy efficiency programs, including an overview of our expenditure plan for the $30 million RUS loan which includes system distribution improvements; such as, substations and power line construction. The Secretary of Agriculture was also provided with information on our advanced metering infrastructure and grid modernization including a demonstration of our Digital Mapping, Outage Viewer and Automatic Vehicle Location systems. Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation was the 1st in North Carolina to provide advanced meters to all consumers back in 2009. The Secretary of Agriculture was interested in learning about smart technology benefits for both consumers and the cooperative.