Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation of Hillsborough, North Carolina, is the first Green Plus organization to become re-certified in the Green Plus program. Piedmont EMC originally earned Certification in 2010. Piedmont EMC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Hillsborough — a nonprofit electric utility serving 32,000 consumers in parts of Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties.
Green Plus Certification lasts for two years, and when Piedmont’s Certification was set to expire at the beginning of 2012, the organization was proactive in ensuring it would continue to be a leader among Green Plus businesses and retain its Certified status.
“Sustainability is important to Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation because of the important role sustainability plays in our goal to empower our 30,000 plus members on making wise energy decisions,” said R.G. Brecheisen, the President and CEO of Piedmont EMC. “The Green Plus program has provided us with an important tool that reports the initiatives and programs we implement concerning energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable resources both with our members, community and employees.”
The company resubmitted a detailed assessment of its sustainability initiatives, many of which had improved greatly since its last submission two years ago. Those initiatives include:
- Recycling or reusing all materials, including scrap metal and electronics
- Partnerships with several community organizations
- Investing in energy efficient equipment
- Purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset carbon usage
The Institute for Sustainable Development / Green Plus