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Welcome New Board Members

The newly elected and re-elected members of the ElectriCities Board of Directors have officially been sworn into office and elected their 2021 leadership. Join us in offering these folks a warm welcome!
John Stiver of Newton, Whitney Brooks of Lexington, Troy Lewis of Tarboro, and Edmond (Ed) Miller of New River Light and Power are new to the Board this year. Donald Evans of Wilson was re-elected to the Board. The 2021 officers are Stephen Peeler (Chair, of Lincolnton), Donald Evans (Vice Chair, of Wilson), and Randy McCaslin (Secretary/Treasurer, of High Point).
ElectriCities’ 16-member Board of Directors advises and directs the activities and policies for North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1, North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, and ElectriCities of North Carolina. All board members will serve a three-year term.
The new members join Joseph Albright of Gastonia, Anthony (Tony) Cannon of Greenville, Donald Evans of Wilson, Jonathan Franklin of Louisburg, Mayor Constantine (Costi) Kutteh of Statesville, Randy McCaslin of High Point, Charles Nichols of Laurinburg, Stephen Peeler of Lincolnton, Jonathan Rynne of Fayetteville, and Tony Sears of Kinston. Ex-officio members of the Board of Directors include NCEMPA Chairman John Craft (La Grange) and NCMPA1 Chairman Todd Clark (Newton).

Setting the Standard

Keeping the lights on is an intricate process, and having uniform standards helps us all operate efficiently. Interconnection Standards are one valuable guideline to stay on top of. They provide the procedures, forms, and agreements necessary to integrate all of your distributed energy resources into the electric system. Here are the basics.

The electric industry is in the midst of a transition, moving from a centralized power grid to a more distributed one that integrates resources behind the customer’s meter. Distributed energy resources (DER) are the combination of distributed generators (both traditional and renewable fuel sources), energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand response devices typically located behind the customer meter. There are Federal and State guidelines for how DER can be interconnected to an electric system. Years ago, ElectriCities created a team of members and staff to review the state guidelines in light of our evolving utilities, and the team elected to adopt similar guidelines for public power communities.

As the industry changes, the guidelines do too, adapting to incorporate new technologies and safety requirements. ElectriCities staff continues to review these guidelines as they are modified. Our most recent offering is the ElectriCities Recommended Interconnection Standards, a comprehensive resource to facilitate implementation of distributed generation and all other DER, including battery storage. (Access the ElectriCities Recommended Interconnection Standards on our website. Check out the Pro Tip below for further instructions.)

Adopting Interconnection Standards enables similar touchstones across all NC electric utilities. This is a great thing! To adopt Interconnection Standards, your public power community will guide the process at the City or Town level. There are safety requirements, compensation arrangements, regulatory requirements, and planning standards to consider. We can help you manage and navigate this process; learn more and contact us here.

Pro Tip: Download our Interconnection Guidelines

Adopting Interconnection Standards sets electric utilities up for success statewide. You can find the ElectriCities Recommended Interconnection Standards on our website. You’ll need a username and password to access the documents — and there are many documents included! For help navigating the information, contact Steve Allen or Jason Thigpen
Access the documents here. Log in with your utility’s username and password. Navigate to Distributed Generation Resource Material.

Gastonia’s Gateway85 Brings Jobs and Warehouse Space

After more than a decade of planning and dreaming, a transformative project is officially underway in the public power community of Gastonia. Missouri-based NorthPoint Development recently closed on more than 300 acres in Gaston County, and plans to develop the plot into millions of square feet of warehouse space that will in turn be leased to end users. The project, called Gateway85, will ultimately produce 10 or 11 industrial warehouse buildings and create about 3,000 jobs, a massive economic boon for the region.

Gateway85 is situated on Cox Road, bound by N.C. 7 in the north and I-85 in the south (just north of the Franklin Square area, to those familiar with the region). For years, developers have focused on building warehouses and storage sites for major corporations in areas north and south of Charlotte along I-77, and some of that development is finally focused on Gaston County, Gaston County Economic Development Director Donny Hicks told the Gaston Gazette in a recent announcement. Hicks said developers were at some stage of development on more than 7 million square feet of warehouse space in seven projects throughout the county, as of last fall. The new Gateway85 will by far be the largest once completed. The project is expected to be one-quarter complete by the end of the year, or about 900,000-square-feet of warehouse space — well on its way to becoming one of the county’s hottest industrial sites.
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