Sept. 18, 2020 - Albemarle EMC SENDs LINE CREWS TO ALABAMA TO HELP RESTORE POWER OUTAGES CAUSED BY HURRICANE SALLY
Five Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation linemen departed early Friday morning to assist an electric cooperative in Alabama, which suffered significant outages caused by Hurricane Sally.
The Albemarle EMC linemen are part of a group of more than 110 lineworkers from 11 of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, which are traveling to Alabama today.
Crews from Albemarle EMC hit the road to travel to Alabama to assist with restoration efforts following Hurricane Sally.
Upon arrival, the North Carolina co-op crews will support Baldwin EMCThe North Carolina cooperatives sending crews include: Albemarle EMC, Blue Ridge Energy, Brunswick Electric, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Central Electric, EnergyUnited, Four County EMC, Halifax EMC, Lumbee River EMC, Pee Dee Electric and Piedmont Electric
“It’s part of the culture of cooperatives to support each other in times of need,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC. “In North Carolina, we are no stranger to hurricanes, and we’re grateful for the efforts of cooperative crews that have worked alongside us after storms. We’re proud to support each other and serve cooperative members.”
Reports of downed trees and power lines, broken power poles and flooding have been coming in from across Baldwin EMC’s service area. Because of the extensive damage, including damage to transmission lines that feed substations, Baldwin EMC has cautioned its members to prepare for prolonged outages.
“We don’t want to sugarcoat this; we’re in it for the long haul,” the co-op said on Twitter.
To ensure safety during this time, North Carolina’s electric cooperative crews will implement the same expanded, pandemic-related measures that they have taken here. These include working in smaller groups with increased physical distancing, limited sharing of equipment and stringent cleaning and disinfection practices.
Aug. 4, 2020 - Albemarle EMC Restores Tropical Storm Outges
Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power to close to 4,000 Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation members early Tuesday morning.
As soon as winds subsided to a safe working level, Albemarle EMC linemen began restoring power. Damages included broken poles, trees that fell into lines, blown fuses caused by tree limbs touching power lines, and tree limbs blown into lines. By 10:42 p.m. Tuesday, power had been restored to all Albemarle EMC members.
“Albemarle EMC employees did an exemplary job of coordinating an outage-restoration effort that spanned the majority of our service area,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC.
Nov. 1, 2019 -- Washington, D.C. Youth Trip Available
Albemarle EMC is offering two high school juniors or seniors the chance for a trip of a lifetime.
Applications are now being accepted for Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation’s Washington Youth Tour. High school juniors and seniors can apply online by visiting aemc.coop/Washington-youth-tour-online-form. The deadline to apply is Jan. 10. Two students will be selected based on the quality of a written essay and extracurricular activities.
The trip will be June 20-26, 2020. Youth tourists from across the state will meet in Raleigh, then board a bus for Washington, D.C. While at the nation’s capital, youth tourists from across the country will meet with legislators, take a harbor-party cruise, visit museums, memorials, monuments and make many friends. For more information, call Chris Powell at 426-2586.
Jan. 30, 2019 - ACT Grants Top $1 Million
Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation recently surpassed the $1 million mark in Albemarle Community Trust (ACT) grants awarded to the local community.
Established in 2002, Operation RoundUp enables Albemarle EMC members to voluntarily contribute to the trust through their power bills. Each month their bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the difference going to the Albemarle Community Trust. The amounts contributed average about $6 per member annually.
Grant applications are reviewed by a volunteer board. Each year the ACT board awards close to $60,000. The grants have been used to support volunteer fire departments, food pantries, educational foundations and much more.
“We are so proud to have surpassed this milestone,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC. “This program would not be possible without the support of our participating members. We can’t thank them enough.”
Oct. 19, 2018 - Albemarle EMC Weathers Tropical Storm Michael
Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation’s electrical system held up considerably well to the tropical force winds that passed over our area Thursday night into Friday morning.
The cooperative incurred 12 outages that affected 150 members in the counties of Perquimans, Pasquotank, Chowan and Camden. The majority of the outages were caused by tree limbs falling on lines. Power was restored to all members by Friday morning.
The cooperative’s weather stations recorded wind speeds of 46 mph at Camden, 43 mph in Perquimans and 37 mph in Chowan. The winds resulted from Hurricane Michael, which came ashore in Florida, then weakened to a tropical storm as it sped through the southeastern states. Albemarle EMC’s system performed well, said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC.
“Albemarle EMC was blessed again, as we received minimal impact from Tropical Storm Michael,” Ray said. “Our electrical system held up very well in the winds, which is due to our continued maintenance work, construction of new power substations and lines, and upgrades of older lines. Our employees worked hard this week to prepare for this storm and worked throughout the night on scattered outages. We appreciate our members’ continued support and thoughts of our employees’ safety. Please keep our neighboring cooperatives in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in your thoughts as they continue to restore power to their members.”
April 27, 2018 - Co-ops Support Wounded Warriors
Albemarle EMC along with several other eastern co-ops recently gave a total of $1,000 to the Gates County Wounded Warrior Turkey Hunt.
In addition two Albemarle EMC employees volunteered to serve as guides for the three-day hunt, now in its seventh year.
Engineering Technician Travis Riddick and Lineman Kevin Bailey were able to call in a gobbler for wounded warrior, Josh Blackmon, who served multiple tours in the Middle East, before being injured by a roadside improvised explosive device. This is the third year that Riddick and Bailey have guided for Blackmon, who has bagged gobblers each time.
Twelve wounded warriors hunted this year, and 10 gobblers were bagged. Meals were provided by volunteers. After the hunts, the warriors were treated to prize drawings. The warriors were entered into drawings for a Henry "Golden Boy" repeating rifle as well as a silver edition Henry rifle. Shotguns were also raffled off to warriors as well as the volunteer hunting guides.
"Our folks in Gates County form a relationship with the wounded warriors, and those relationships carry on," said Ray Freeman, who helps coordinate the event. "I'd like to thank Lulu Eure, who makes the Gates County Community Center available for these Wounded Warrior hunts."
Other participating electric co-ops included Carteret Craven, Edgecombe Martin, Halifax, Roanoke, Pitt & Greene, Tideland, Tri-County and Cape Hatteras.