Supporting a Brighter Future


Commitment to Community

North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives are rooted in the communities they serve, and they are committed to supporting their local communities and members.

The cooperatives demonstrate their commitment to the community by investing in worthy programs like the ones below, with a focus on education, rural issues and youth-related initiatives.

Jennifer Creighton-Negron, West Brunswick High School

“The Bright Ideas grants have expanded the possibilities of what we can accomplish here as teachers to meet the needs of all of our students.”

Jennifer Creighton-Negron, West Brunswick High School
Nelle Hotchkiss, North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives

“Bright Ideas now is part of a patchwork of things that we do for local communities that they count on.”

Nelle Hotchkiss, North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives

Economic Development

We’re dedicated to powering our communities in more ways than one. In addition to providing safe, reliable and affordable power, we’re investing in innovative energy projects and economic development activities that build a brighter future for our communities and help our members grow and thrive.

Our Economic Development Resources include:

Building & Site Investments

  • Up to $2 million loans at 0% (10-year term, 2-year deferral)
  • Targeted grants for development, certification and marketing
  • Electric and fiber optic infrastructure

Electric Rate Resources

  • Incentivized rates for new load >400kW (5 years)
  • Flexible energy pricing, including long-term fixed rates

Retention & Expansion Tool Kit

  • Reliability and resiliency solutions (custom microgrids)
  • Loans for technology investments (EV charging stations)
  • Grants for eligible energy efficiency upfits and renewables

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USDA Loans and Grants

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are a national leader in channeling funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program to rural North Carolina. These zero-interest loans can be used to assist with various improvements including fire and rescue, police protection, public buildings and community facilities, and other economic development projects.

$57M in Grants and Loans for Economic Development
$1B in New Capital Investment
5,000 Jobs Created in Rural NC


We work to represent the interests of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives and their members in both the North Carolina General Assembly and Congress. Our lobbyists strive to positively impact legislation that affects the 2.5 million users of electric cooperative power statewide.

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