As we begin this new year, CHEC is pursuing efforts to build a brighter future for our members and the community we all share – a brighter future that continues our commitment to delivering reliable electricity at the lowest possible cost while also advancing responsible sustainability goals.
Along with the rest of North Carolina’s electric cooperative network, last July we announced our new Brighter Future vision, along-term roadmap for providing sustainable, affordable energy; reliability and innovation; and continued local community support to enrich the people and communities we serve.
Our vision centers on achieving two voluntary sustainability goals: a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To reach these goals, we will continue to rely on emissions-free nuclear, an extremely reliable, safe and affordable source of electricity that currently fuels more than half our power, along with natural gas, which can be dispatched quickly when needed. We are bringing more renewable energy resources online while investing in new technology, such as battery storage, to make renewables like solar power more versatile and reliable.
Both our carbon reduction goals also rely on the advanced coordination of resources across the electric grid, as well as innovative solutions and technologies to make the grid as flexible and efficient as possible. In addition, they encompass our efforts to electrify devices and processes as an alternative to fossil fuels and use electricity in new and exciting ways.
As a locally based cooperative, CHEC remains committed to not only powering, but also empowering our members. That’s why our Brighter Future vision extends far beyond delivering reliable, affordable, sustainable electricity to include education initiatives and community development activities that truly demonstrate the cooperative difference. Our structure affords us unique opportunities to make local investments and engage with our members, businesses, and community leaders to work together to meet changing needs.
The brightest part of our future will always be our members, like you. We look forward to continuing to serve you and to building a brighter future, now and in the years to come.