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Courtesy photoCEO and Executive Vice President Chris Spears, along with board members George Williams, William E. (Bill) Tew and Kelly Harrington, discuss issues with state Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson.
Courtesy photoCEO and Executive Vice President Chris Spears, along with board members George Williams, William E. (Bill) Tew and Kelly Harrington, discuss issues with state Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson.
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Representatives from South River EMC joined more than 160 board members and employees from North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives at the state legislature June 24-25 for the co-ops’ annual Rally in Raleigh.


South River EMC board members, new Executive Vice President and CEO Chris Spears and employees talked to legislators about issues that affect the reliability and cost of the power provided to electric cooperative members.


“Our number one focus is providing safe, reliable affordably priced electric service to all South River EMC members,” said Spears. “This event is as an opportunity to educate legislators on the issues that affect our ability to serve our members.” This year’s discussions focused on the state’s coal ash ponds and the cost of cleanup and remediation, the looming emission reduction mandate set by the EPA and issues surrounding distributed generation and net-metering.


Cooperative employees and board members also took this opportunity to share their successes with projects they are completing in their districts including renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, economic development, smart meters, community development and more.


South River EMC is a locally-owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 42,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.

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