May Is National Electrical Safety Month

Lights and appliances turn on with the simple flip of a switch and, most of the time, customers don’t think about how electricity reaches the home — that means we are doing our job. Besides making sure your home has all the power it needs, whenever it needs it, we also want to help you use it safely.


  • Electrical outlets should not be overloaded. Too many items plugged into one outlet create a serious fire hazard.
  • If there are children in the house, be sure that all electrical outlets have safety covers. A child sticking any item into an electrical socket can be seriously hurt.
  • When unplugging an appliance, pull by the plug, not the cord.
  • Never remove the ground pin to make a three-prong plug fit a two-prong outlet.
  • Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the appliance or tool being used. Never run extension cords under rugs or carpet; cords can overheat and cause a fire.


  • Stay away from downed power lines—assume they are “live” and therefore dangerous.
  • Be sure to have underground utility lines located by dialing 811 before you begin your outdoor digging.
  • If your power is out and your emergency situ-ation requires the use of a generator, notify JOEMC and have a qualified, licensed electri-cian connect the generator to your home’s main electrical supply. If a generator is not installed properly, power from the unit can backfeed along power lines and electrocute anyone who comes into contact with them.

Most deaths and injuries associated with electricity could be avoided — address hazards around the home and save lives and reduce injuries.


Technology helping co-op reduce wholesale power costs

Technology…it’s a great thing.
In recent months, JOEMC has implemented an energy-savings technology that’s helping reduce the cooperative’s wholesale power bill.

Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) is a power-saving innovation that optimizes voltage during peak-demand times, saves the co-op money and can help put downward pressure on electric rates.

CVR is the process of controlling voltage levels so that members don’t receive too much or too little voltage than they need. Voltage levels must be kept higher than always necessary at substations (upstream) to ensure that members along the lines (downstream) receive the appropriate level of voltage.

This process is similar to what takes place in the heating and air duct system of your home. The farther a room is away from the air handler, the lower the airflow. Thus rooms closer to the air handler receive a high air flow so that the farther rooms receive sufficient air flow.

Only recently has this technology been utilized to address energy-demand savings. CVR uses equipment that has been strategically placed along electric lines (from a substation) to monitor voltage levels; specific equipment, called voltage regulators, at substations control the voltage levels. Because voltage no longer has to be kept higher than necessary at these substations, the co-op can reduce demand during peak-use times of the month, when electricity is the most expensive.

“Co-ops that have implemented CVR are seeing savings of one percent system demand cost per each one percent voltage control during the peak monthly hour,” said Aaron Spencer, JOEMC’s Electrical Engineer. “This type of savings will quickly add up and pay for the implementation of our CVR system and benefit the co-op well into the future.”

JOEMC currently has the CVR technology installed at four substations on its electrical system with plans to implement the technology at another five substations in the next month.

Area students selected for 2016 youth tour

Four high school juniors will be heading to our nation’s capital this summer for a visit.

Jonathan Cuellar, Roman Peterson, Tiana Waters, and Victoria Yarmey will represent JOEMC at this year’s Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

The week-long visit in June, sponsored by Jones-Onslow and other North Carolina co-ops, lets our future leaders learn more about government and the cooperative-way of doing business.

Students were selected through an essay con-test available at public high schools in our area. An independent panel of judges selected the winners.

Jonathan, who attends White Oak High School, is the son of Donna Cuellar. He is a member of the Honor Roll, the Marching Viking Band and the cross country and track teams. In his spare time Jonathan enjoys baseball, the Boy Scouts, learning about U.S. military history and has a strong interest in zoology.

Roman is the son of Rose and Robert Thompson. He attends Jacksonville High School and is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, the track team, Creative Cardinals and the Academic Derby team. Roman is also a member of the marching band and in his spare time enjoys playing the drums, piano and the guitar.

Tiana, who attends Jacksonville High School, is the daughter of Tina Outlaw-Waters and Randy Waters. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Principal’s List, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America and the track and golf teams. In her spare time Tiana enjoys playing basketball and golf.

Victoria is the daughter of Chris and Tim Yarmey. She attends White Oak High School and is a mem-ber of the National Honor Society, Principal’s List, the Academic Derby team, Marching Viking Band and Skills USA. Victoria, who is also a member of the Tri-M Club, enjoys art and tutoring students in music, math, science and english.

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