In the Community

In the Community


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 Bright Ideas grant program for North Carolina’s teachers. Since this grant program began in 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded $11.5 million to sponsor 11,000 projects benefiting 2.2 million students.

In addition to supporting education in the state, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy® cooperatives focus on rural issues and youth-related organizations. These other community-based programs receive about $2 million in direct support annually and include first-responder organizations, recreation, 4-H, multi-cultural awareness, county fairs and local charities.

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

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve as 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.

We provide a wide array of support for businesses seeking to start, expand, or relocate to the Tar Heel State. These include:

  • assistance with site and building identification
  • energy audit services
  • assistance with market research
  • flexibility in rate design
  • power quality services
  • loan and grant assistance
  • demographic analysis

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation works closely with the following organizations to provide employers with information and assistance:

100 Economic development projects
$500 Million invested in economic development
2,500 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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