NC Labor Department awards co-op ‘Carolina Star’ for its commitment to safety

Roanoke Electric Cooperative has received its second “Carolina Star” award and designation from the North Carolina Department of Labor for the co-op’s continued commitment to employee safety.  The co-op received its first Carolina Star designation in 2016.
The Department of Labor’s Carolina Star designation recognizes and rewards employers and employees for implementing strong safety and health programs that go above and beyond the requirements of the law.

Teachers: Apply for a Bright Ideas grant by August 15 for a chance to win $100

With the start of the school year just around the corner, Roanoke Electric Cooperative is reminding local K-12 teachers to submit their applications for a Bright Ideas education grant. Teachers who submit their applications by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered into a statewide drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards.

July surveys: Co-op seeks member-owner feedback

Roanoke Electric Co-op's quarterly member-owner satisfaction survey phone calls are set to begin July 1 and will conclude by the end of the month. These quarterly satisfaction surveys, conducted by co-op partner Touchstone Energy Services, are a key tool the co-op uses to ensure it is on track providing member-owners the world class service they demand and deserve, and to determine where improvements are needed.

Video highlights impact of first-time electricity in rural Bolivian village

 In May,  Roanoke Electric Cooperative joined forces with the rest of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives to bring first-time electricity, and new opportunities, to a remote village in Bolivia. Watch this new video for highlights and read more below on what it means to the villagers to have electricity in their small, rural community.

Staying Safe on Playgrounds

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger go to U.S. hospital emergency departments with injuries associated with playground equipment. More than 20,000 of these children are treated for a traumatic brain injury, including concussion.

As the weather warms up and trips to the park become frequent, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the risks on playgrounds and how you can prevent injuries.

N.C. Governor awards $1.8 million grant to expand broadband

Governor Roy Cooper has awarded a $1.8 million grant to Roanoke Electric Co-op, providing it the opportunity to extend the reach of its broadband initiative to underserved areas in the co-op’s service territory.

In his May 8 announcement, the governor unveiled his plan to offer $10 million in grants to expand internet access to 19 rural counties in North Carolina.