The president and chief executive officer of Berkeley Electric Cooperative, the largest electric cooperative in South Carolina, recently traveled to meet with White House officials in Washington, D.C.
Dwayne Cartwright was one a group of representatives from 30 cooperatives that were invited to attend a meeting with the White House Rural Council and the USDA's Rural Utilities Service.
“We had a productive conversation about how we can build the value of current federal programs and find more opportunities to bring the benefits of new-efficiency, renewable energy technologies to our members,” Cartwright said.
Topics discussed included the addition of renewable energy capacity to the rural electric grid, the pursuit of energy-efficiency programs, solar energy, and ways to meet the challenges of growing electricity demand and rising costs.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, nonprofit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives that collectively serve 42 million customers in 47 states.