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Mecklenburg Electric’s Power Supplier Named 2013 Wind Cooperative of the Year

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CHASE CITY—Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s power provider, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), has been recognized nationally as the “2013 Wind Cooperative of the Year” by the U. S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). This award honored only two electric cooperatives from across the United States that demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing wind power. ODEC is wholly owned and governed by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, and 10 other cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

According to Jose Zayas, director of the Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, “…these cooperatives are taking the steps to ensure that their communities will have renewable sources of energy for generations to come. Through their leadership, they are helping to create a more sustainable planet and support the development of clean energy alternatives.”

ODEC was selected by a panel of judges from the wind industry, utilities, government, national laboratories and cooperatives based on its corporate leadership, project innovation, and the benefits to its members.  Beginning in 2008, ODEC entered into four contracts to purchase capacity, energy and renewable energy credits generated from wind turbine projects, leading to the addition of more than 260 megawatts of capacity or enough electricity to power 100,000 homes.  As a wholesale power supply cooperative, ODEC generates and procures power to serve the requirements of its 11 member owners, each of which are retail cooperatives.

“This award reflects our forward-thinking board of directors’ approach to diversifying our cooperative’s mix of resources with our wind projects, especially since we are not subject to a renewable portfolio standard,” says Jackson Reasor, president and CEO of ODEC.

John C. Lee, Jr., president and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, who also serves on the ODEC Board of Directors, comments, “It is our goal to take a justifiable and diversified approach to meeting wholesale power needs of those served by ODEC. Doing so demands a delicate balance between providing alternative renewable energy, and ultimately providing reliable and affordable electricity to our members at the end of the line.  And this recognition is testament that the cooperatives that own ODEC, including Mecklenburg, are dedicated to responsibly serving this region; especially given that similar decisions have been delayed by other utilities until government mandates have forced the provision of such renewable energy.  We are proud to have been recognized nationally by our peers as being progressive in this arena. ”

The announcement was made at the NRECA TechAdvantage Conference in Nashville, TN, and this year marks the 13th anniversary of the Wind Cooperative of the Year Award.

About Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative:

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit member-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses located in portions of the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton, and Sussex.  It is headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Chase City, Emporia and Gretna. For more information, visit www.meckelec.org.

About ODEC:

Headquartered in Glen Allen, Va., Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned power supply cooperative. It provides the wholesale power requirements of its 11 member electric distribution cooperatives, which provide reliable, affordable electricity to 1.2 million people in 70 counties in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Learn more at www.odec.com.

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