Carroll EMC Hosts Annual Power Breakfast
The Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative hosted local and statewide stakeholders at its annual Power Breakfast in the Robert D. Tisinger Community Center Tuesday, Nov. 19, to share the cooperative’s current legislative and operational issues that will carry on in the new year.
For more than a decade, the annual gathering has brought together representatives from the electric cooperative industry along with elected officials, area educators, chamber and economic development professionals, and numerous business and municipal leaders. Attendees were given a brief summary of the cooperative’s progress the past year and its vision moving forward.
Carroll EMC CEO, Tim Martin, spoke on the present state of the cooperative following a challenging year with stagnant kilowatt-hour sales and demanding broadband legislature.
“I really do believe our best days are ahead of us, not behind us,” said Martin.
In taking on its second largest load with Ball Corp., an aluminum manufacturer in Floyd County, the cooperative is expecting an increase in kilowatt-hour sales that will keep rates affordable for its Member-owners. Carroll EMC also introduced new means of efficiency with its first electric vehicle, transition to LED lights and improvements with the distribution automation system. Looking toward the future, the cooperative is seeking long-term solutions for affordable broadband service to the rural areas in need by investing in fiber and a partnership.
“We are building for the future, and fiber is essentially future proof,” continued Martin. “Carroll EMC is here to serve this community and improve the lives of its Members. Funding for fiber will bring us one step closer to bridging the digital divide in West Georgia.”