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BEMC to Hold its 81st Annual Membership Meeting Virtually

BEMC TO HOLD ITS 81st ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING VIRTUALLY

BEMC TO HOLD ITS 81st ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING VIRTUALLY

Supply, N.C. (September 10, 2020) – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has announced that its 2020 Annual Membership Meeting will be held in a virtual-only format on September 26. No in-person meeting will be held this year due to public health concerns related to COVID-19. Members will have the opportunity to register the week before the meeting at all three office locations from September 21st – September 25th while following CDC guidelines. Gifts will be available to the first 2,000 members who register, and each member registered will be entered into a random drawing for cash prizes, with winners being announced during the virtual meeting. Members do not need to attend the meeting to win.

“We look forward to socializing with our members each year, making this a difficult decision,” said Josh Winslow, BEMC CEO. “Ultimately, our commitment is to the health and safety of both employees and members. We have lots of exciting and important information to share, so we look forward to members joining us online on the 26th.” 

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News Release Registration

BEMC and Town of Oak Island Provide Restoration Process Details

BEMC AND TOWN OF OAK ISLAND PROVIDE RESTORATION PROCESS DETAILS

Supply, N.C. (8/11/20) – Brunswick Electric and the Town of Oak Island continue to collaborate in their efforts to complete the final phases of power restoration in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaias.  With safety and efficiency as top priorities, the process is proceeding as follows:

Brunswick Electric received a list of properties from the Town that were deemed unsafe for utility power, and continues to work closely with inspection teams to disconnect them.

Once these properties are disconnected, the beachfront and second row areas will be re-energized.
The disconnected properties will require necessary repairs and re-inspection before they can be reconnected. This process will continue on an individual, case by case basis until restoration is complete.

“Restoration is always an organized methodical process,” said Josh Winslow, BEMC CEO. “Following this process ensures that undamaged homes in the hardest hit areas are able to receive power, leaving us to focus on the ones that need greater repair soon after.”

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Press Release 8-11 Restoration Update

Brunswick Electric and Town of Oak Island Coordinate Restoration Efforts

BRUNSWICK ELECTRIC AND TOWN OF OAK ISLAND COORDINATE RESTORATION EFFORTS

Supply, N.C. (8/10/20) – Brunswick Electric has been out in force working with the Town of Oak Island to assess damage and restore power to as many homes and businesses as possible since Hurricane Isaias made landfall last week. Today, as of 4 pm, power had been restored to 285 more locations, with 770 remaining.

Conditions are still unsafe for power restoration in some areas, and with safety as the top priority, the Town of Oak Island and inspectors are working together to identify and repair electrical issues. BEMC stands ready to re-energize these homes when the issues are corrected. 

“Our crews are following Town inspectors, and once a section of houses passes inspection we work quickly to restore power to that section,” said Josh Winslow, CEO. “Please know that we won’t stop until the outage number goes to zero. Thank you again for your patience.”

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Press Release 8-10 Restoration

BEMC Reports Power is Restored to 98% of Membership

BEMC REPORTS POWER IS RESTORED TO 98% OF MEMBERSHIP

SUPPLY, N.C. (August 6, 2020) – Power has been restored to 98% of Brunswick Electric’s membership following the impact of Hurricane Isaias. The remaining outages are in the area of Oak Island, one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Isaias.

“We’re coordinating with town officials in order to make the necessary repairs and restore power as quickly as possible,” said Josh Winslow, CEO. “We’re putting the full strength of our experience and expertise to work so that we can get these members the electricity that they need.”

At the height of the storm more than 43,000 members were without power. As of Thursday morning, fewer than 2,400 members are affected.

“We’d like to thank our membership for their support and patience during the restoration process,” said Winslow. “And we’d like to assure those still waiting that we’ll have power on as soon as is logistically possible.”

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Press Release 8-6

Restoration Efforts Continue for BEMC Members

RESTORATION EFFORTS CONTINUE FOR BEMC MEMBERS

SUPPLY, N.C. (August 5, 2020) – Around 39,000 Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) members have had their powered restored following Hurricane Isaias. Teams comprised of line workers, tree trimmers and safety specialists set out early this morning to bring back power to 4,300 cooperative members still impacted by Isaias.

The remaining outages are primarily in the hardest-hit parts of BEMC’s service area. Crews will continue their efforts today, clearing downed trees and debris and repairing and replacing damaged poles and lines until power is restored to all members whose homes can receive electric service. Amid these challenging conditions, and with additional, pandemic-related safety measures in place, cooperative officials urge members to keep safety top of mind. 

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PR 8-5 am Restoration

Brunswick Electric Begins Making Power Restoration Progress

BRUNSWICK ELECTRIC BEGINS MAKING POWER RESTORATION PROGRESS

BRUNSWICK ELECTRIC BEGINS MAKING POWER RESTORATION PROGRESS

Supply, N.C. (August 4, 2020) – As Hurricane Isaias made landfall overnight, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) began to see its outage numbers climb to approximately 40,452, leaving 40 percent of its members without power. 

BEMC’s experienced, highly trained local crews are joined by 45 additional contract and co-op crews from in and out of state, including Alabama and South Carolina in restoration efforts.
These crews are out in force, assessing damage, clearing debris and beginning restoration efforts. Cooperative officials caution that existing outages could extend for several more days, particularly in the hardest-hit areas due to flooding, fallen trees, and debris impeding line crews’ access to restoration points. 

“Our priority is to restore power to all of our members across Brunswick and Columbus Counties as quickly and safely as possible,” said Josh Winslow, BEMC’s CEO. “Our crews are storm-tested and will keep working until the power is back on for all of our members.”

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PR 8-4 am Restoration

Brunswick Electric Continues Restoration Efforts

BRUNSWICK ELECTRIC CONTINUES RESTORATION EFFORTS

BRUNSWICK ELECTRIC CONTINUES RESTORATION EFFORTS

Supply, N.C. (8/4/20) – As of 4 pm Tuesday afternoon, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation had fewer than 13,000 outages remaining, down from a high of 43,000 in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaias. 42 contract and co-op crews continue to work with BEMC crews in clearing debris, assessing damage and conducting restoration efforts. Cooperative officials cautioned that some outages could extend for several more days, particularly in hard hit areas due to flooding and fallen trees impeding crews’ access to restoration points.

“We understand that this is a particularly difficult time to be without power,” said Josh Winslow, CEO. “Our crews are working diligently to have power restored to everyone as quickly as possible.  We will keep crew rotations in the field until every one of our members has the power back on.”

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BEMC Press release 8-4 pm

BEMC is Prepared for the Approach of Tropical Storm Isaias

BEMC IS PREPARED FOR THE APPROACH OF TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS

Supply N.C. (8/3/2020) – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) continues to monitor Tropical Storm Isaias as it moves toward the coast of North Carolina.

The current track indicates the storm will cross directly over the cooperative’s service area Monday evening into Tuesday morning.  

BEMC’s line crews and restoration support personnel stand ready to respond to any power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, which is forecast to bring significant rain and gusty winds that often topple trees and result in power outages.

“Our dedicated and experienced staff is ready, and we have staged additional materials and personnel to assist if needed,” said Josh Winslow, CEO. “Electricity is a critical service and we will work around the clock if restoration is necessary.” 

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PR Isaias Preparation

BEMC Announces Repayment Plans For Members Affected by COVID-19

BEMC ANNOUNCES REPAYMENT PLANS FOR MEMBERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

As North Carolina reopens and the moratorium on utility disconnections is lifted, BEMC is aware that many members will continue to face economic hardship. Currently 7% of BEMC’s accounts have past due balances, with an average of $300 in arrears.  In an effort to help the members most affected, the following repayment plans will be available based on the service type:

•    PREPAY ACCOUNTS: Upon completion of the morning update on August 3, any negative balance will be converted to an arrangement amount in addition to a $20 credit. This will provide members additional time to purchase power and keep power on. The $20 will be added to the arrangement amount. Until the outstanding balance is repaid, each payment made will be applied as follows:

  • 25% to the outstanding balance
  • 75% to the current energy purchase

•    MONTHLY BILLED ACCOUNTS: Overdue balances will be divided into 12 equal payments and added to bills as a COVID payment arrangement beginning in September.

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COVID Repayment Plan

BEMC and Cobank Donate $20,000 to Area Food Banks

BEMC AND COBANK DONATE $20,000 TO AREA FOOD BANKS

Supply, NC, (6/5/2020) – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC), in conjunction with CoBank, donated $10,000 each to South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry in Brunswick County and Care and Share Food Bank in Columbus County. 

BEMC’s $10,000 donation, made on behalf of its membership by its Board of Directors, was matched by CoBank, a cooperative bank that serves rural infrastructure providers.  CoBank’s ‘Sharing Success’ charitable contribution program matches donations made by electric cooperatives to non-profit organizations.

“In these uncertain times, with many of our members facing financial hardship, it was evident that our community needed support,” said Josh Winslow, CEO.  “Donating to food pantries was a way we could help directly and quickly.”

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Donation to Food Bank