As we approach the peak of hurricane season, we’ve already seen above-average storm activity during a year that is unusually challenging for our members.
While this hurricane season may seem especially daunting, JOEMC is ready for any storms that come our way. Our ongoing efforts to make the electric grid more flexible, efficient and resilient will also help ensure your power is as reliable as possible, no matter the weather.
We can’t completely prevent outages, but advances in technology are making our systems more resilient and enabling us to respond to storm impacts and restore power more quickly. A major technology/infrastructure upgrade project that JOEMC has recently completed, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (advanced meters), provides two-way communication between your home or business and our cooperative. In addition to letting the co-op know that your power is out, these new meters can help you and your family monitor and manage the energy use in your home. The meters also help JOEMC better control demand for electricity across the grid, resulting in more reliable and affordable power for everyone.
Electric cooperatives across the state are also implementing microgrid innovation that provides added power resiliency and
reliability. These small localized systems bring together various components, including renewable energy like solar power or biogas, and battery storage to produce electricity. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives currently have five microgrid projects either in operation or under development. One of these projects, Heron’s Nest Microgrid in Brunswick County, reached a significant milestone recently when it completed its first successful “islanding” test—the neighborhood disconnected from the electric grid and established resilient local power that served the homes. As a statewide network, electric cooperatives are continuing to work together to learn more about these technologies so they can better serve members.
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