Update Board


January 23rd, 2024

Beware Solar Scammers!

It has come to our attention that salespeople from a solar company are claiming to represent French Broad EMC in an effort to sell solar systems, but please know that French Broad EMC is not associated with any solar company and will not be knocking on your door to sell you a solar system. If you’re interested in discussing solar solutions, please contact French Broad EMC at 828-649-2051 prior to signing a contract.

FCC Website – January 18th, 2024

FCC Announces Wind Down of ACP Program

FBEMC Members,

We hope this message finds you well. We have important news to share regarding the federal government’s funding situation. As of February 8th, 2024, the federal government has announced that it will run out of funding unless Congress provides further support.

Due to this situation, ACP enrollments will be frozen as of February 8th, 2024. If Congress does not pass a bill to fund the program further, each customer currently enrolled in ACP will be responsible for the full amount of their bill.

For detailed information and updates, please visit our website: https://www.frenchbroademc.com/index.php/fiber-page/acp/

We understand the potential impact this may have, and we encourage you to stay informed by visiting the provided link. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

To view the official ACP Wind-Down Fact Sheet click HERE

STORM CENTER – January 9th, 2024

NC’s electric cooperatives monitoring Finn, crews stand ready to respond

– Cooperative line crews are based in communities they serve, can swiftly respond to power disruptions that may occur –

RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, the utilities that collectively power 45% of the state’s land mass and serve 2.5 million North Carolinians, are closely monitoring the severe weather system impacting the state Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Forecasts show the potential for strong winds, heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes, especially in areas where severe weather alerts have been issued. These conditions, combined with an already saturated ground, could lead to downed trees and limbs and power outages.

“North Carolina’s electric cooperatives train and prepare year-round for the impact of severe weather,” said Nelle Hotchkiss, senior vice president and chief operating officer for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, which provides energy and trade association services to the state’s 26 local electric co-ops. “Any time a severe weather system is forecasted to impact our state, our teams move from preparation to action. Our line crews are prepped, in place and ready to respond.”

Should outages occur, electric cooperatives will begin assessing damage and restoring service as quickly and safely as possible. If additional assistance is needed to restore power, cooperatives rely on a widespread network of peer cooperatives across the state and nation for support.

“Just like we ensure our teams are prepped and ready, we urge our members to do the same,” said Hotchkiss.

Real-time outage numbers from electric cooperatives across the state are available on a Statewide Outage Map. For storm tips for all types of severe weather, including preparation check lists, food safety information, scam awareness and more, visit the cooperative Storm Center.


North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives is the family of organizations supporting the state’s 26 distribution electric cooperatives that collectively power 45% of the state’s land mass and serve 2.5 million North Carolinians. For more information, please visit ncelectriccooperatives.com.

Contact: Townley Venters

Phone: 919-645-2432

Email: townley.venters@ncemcs.com

2023 ROW Maintenance Schedule:


Marshall District

Cutting Schedule:

  • Hwy 23 (Big Laurel to Mars Hill Sub)
  • Laurel Valley Rd
  • Hwy 19 (from Hwy 23 thru Shake Rag Rd)
  • Lonesome Mountain
  • Revere area

Herbicide Schedule:

No spraying scheduled

Burnsville District

Cutting Schedule:

  • Red Hill
  • Harrell Hill
  • Bad Creek
  • Buladean
  • Town of Bakersville
  • South Toe River Road
  • Mt. Mitchell Lands
  • Busick


Herbicide Schedule:

No spraying scheduled

Electrifier Newsletter

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Recent Policy Changes

FBEMC’s Board of Directors approved the following fee changes and rates beginning January 1, 2023:

FBEMC’s line extension policy has changed as of July 1, 2022:

  • Due to continued price increases throughout the utility industry on all the materials and equipment we use to connect new construction to our electric system, our line extension policy has been revised. An excerpt from our Service Rules and Regulations regarding the new policy is as follows:

FBEMC’s Automated Metering System Opt-Out policy was changed as of January 1, 2022:

  • French Broad EMC will no longer allow any exemptions from our Automated Metering System (AMI meters). Our meter manufacturer no longer provides analog meters and our new outage reporting system relies on the outage information provided by each AMI meter to accurately communicate where power outages occur. This information is relayed to our crews in the field in seconds and which allows them to accurately diagnosis the area where the outage occurred and restore service quickly and safely. Finally, each meter communicates with each other, building a mesh wireless network. The more meters that are connected, the stronger the network will be, which will provide the most reliable information to our crews in the field.


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PURPA Standards

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