CREWE, Va – Southside Electric Cooperative’s power supplier, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), was recently named as a 2013 Wind Cooperative of the Year by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The award honors electric cooperatives that demonstrate outstanding leadership in advancing wind power in the United States.
According to Jose Zayas, Director of the Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, "…these cooperatives are taking the steps to ensure that their communities will have renewable sources of energy for generations to come. Through their leadership, they are helping to create a more sustainable planet and support the development of clean energy alternatives."
Selected by a panel of judges from the wind industry, utilities, government, national laboratories and cooperatives, ODEC was evaluated on corporate leadership, project innovation, and benefits to customers. Beginning in 2008, ODEC entered into four contracts to purchase capacity, energy and renewable energy credits associated with wind turbine projects, leading to the addition of more than 260 megawatts of capacity. Now as a wholesale power supply cooperative, ODEC generates and procures power to serve the requirements of its eleven member retail cooperatives and resells the renewable energy credits it procures to its member cooperatives and third parties.
"We’re excited to share this news with our members, and it shows that we remain committed to a balanced energy portfolio. Our power supplier, ODEC, a generation & transmission cooperative comprised of SEC and 10 other member cooperatives, has placed a priority on diversifying its energy mix," said Jeff Edwards, president and CEO of SEC.
Recently announced at the 2014 NRECA TechAdvantage Conference, this year marks the thirteenth anniversary of the Wind Cooperative of the Year Award.
Headquartered in Crewe, Virginia, SEC is a member-owned distribution electric utility serving more than 48,000 members throughout southern and central Virginia. For news releases and other information about SEC, please go to www.sec.coop, or visit us on Facebook @ www.fb.com/SouthsideElectric.