In 2009, Jones-Onslow began offering credits on electric bills when customers purchased compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs. The purpose was twofold. First, the cooperative wanted to provide customers the opportunity to make their home more energy efficient and CFLs were a great way to start. Secondly, offering the credits would help Jones-Onslow meet the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) legislation enacted by the North Carolina Legislature through the passage of NC Senate Bill 3.
Since that time, there has been so much movement towards CFLs that they are now considered the de-facto standard for all residential housing. With this shift, utilities in North Carolina will no longer be able to capture the installation of CFLs as an energy efficiency measure towards the mandated REPS requirements as of the end of 2013.
As a result of the changes with CFLs and with the elimination of the credit towards the REPS mandate, the cooperative will no longer offer CFL credits to customers after December 31, 2013. Other energy efficiency programs offered by Jones- Onslow will continue for the coming year.