Manager - Key Accounts and Public Relations
Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation
P.O. Drawer 1179, 2500 NC86S
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Piedmont Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Hillsborough, NC is a nonprofit electric utility serving 31,000 consumers in parts of Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties. Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation has become the first electric utility in North Carolina to provide options for all of its member-consumers through smart grid” technology. In 2006, the Cooperative began installing the Advanced Meter Interface (AMI) system in its service area. The AMI system records blinks and reports power outages without input from consumers in addition to automated meter reading. It is also be used in combination with additional equipment for load control. Once the smart meters were installed, Piedmont Electric took the technology to another level. Not only can the Cooperative read consumers’ meters without going to the actual location of the meter, but consumers are able to track their kilowatt-hour use on a daily basis—through midnight the previous day—through an Internet website, www.MyUsage.com.