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CAROLINA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES HONORED BY NORTH CAROLINA ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CORPORATION FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY

 RALEIGH, N.C., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Carolina Electric Cooperatives has been honored by the North Carolina Alternative Energy Corporation (AEC) for significant contributions to energy efficiency in manufactured homes.
 Carolina Electric Cooperatives received the 1993 Partnership Award, which recognizes the cooperation and support of the partners involved in AEC's Model Manufactured Housing Demonstration Project. Through the project, six newly designed energy-efficient manufactured homes in four electric cooperatives territories were monitored for energy use for one year.
 Electric cooperatives participating in the project included Four County Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), Burgaw; Randolph EMC, Asheboro; South River EMC, Dunn; and Surry Yadkin EMC, Dobson. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) was also a project partner.
 Carolina Electric Cooperatives and the participating co-ops served as expert advisers to AEC in the development of guidelines for a comfortable, durable, affordable and energy-efficient manufactured home. AEC, in cooperation with project partners, built six study homes in different climate zones across North Carolina.
 The homes have extra insulation in walls, floors and ceilings, energy efficient heating and cooling systems and water heaters; and well-sealed heating and cooling ducts. R-Arnell Custom Homes, Oakwood Home Corporation and Fleetwood Home/Mid Atlantic also were involved in the project.
 Preliminary results indicate that the monthly electric bills for the model homes have been reduced by 30 to 50 percent.
 "We are pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile project," said Wayne D. Keller, executive vice president of Carolina Electric Cooperatives. "As an electric utility, our first priority is to supply reliable and affordable electric service to our customers.
 "But beyond that, we have a strong commitment to conserving our natural resources and to improving the quality of life for North Carolinians. The purchase price of manufactured homes makes the American dream of home ownership a reality for many people. Our partnership with AEC will help to keep that dream alive by keeping a home affordable."
 AEC is an independent nonprofit organization established in 1980 by the North Carolina Utilities Commission in cooperation with the state's electric utilities to help keep down the cost of electricity by promoting energy efficiency.
 Carolina Electric Cooperatives is the network of electric cooperative organizations that provide reliable, safe and affordable electric service to 600,000 homes, farms and businesses in North Carolina. At the heart of Carolina Electric Cooperatives are the state's 28 Electric Membership Corporations, each member-owned, not-for- profit and overseen by a board of directors elected by the membership.
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 /CONTACT: Jane Pritchard or Jay Johnson of Carolina Electric Cooperatives, 919-872-0800/


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