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Outage Texting Is Here (1/4/18)

If you are like most people, you have become dependent on your smartphone for information. Well, you can now make that handheld device work for you even more. South River EMC is pleased to offer outage texting.

In a recent survey, the majority of people indicated that they would like to receive a text when they have an outage, to receive updates and to be notified when power is restored.  This is an opt-in service so it requires action on the part of the member if they choose to participate.

Rounding Up Reaps Gifts For The Local Community

The Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, South River EMC’s not-for-profit foundation, awarded $52,190 in Operation Round Up grants to benefit community and public service agencies and schools during the December funding cycle.

Member Owned Generation Event (1/2/18)

For agricultural members participating in the Member-Owned Generation program: There will be a generator demand response event January 2 from 07:30-10 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Jackson at 919.820.1909 or email

System Maintenance

ATTENTION: Our bill payment system will be unavailable from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. This means that we will not be able to take any method of payment at any of our payment locations. We apologize for the inconvenience.

South River EMC office closing

South River EMC offices will be closed Thursday and Friday to give thanks with our friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving to our members!

You are still able to make payments online, through our automated phone system, as well as through the kiosk at both offices. For after hours service call 910-892-8071.

Co-op Members Receive Annual Refunds

Being a member of South River Electric Membership Corporation has benefits. In October, the nonprofit electric cooperative refunded capital credits totaling $3,958,291 to its current and past members.

As a cooperative, South River EMC doesn’t earn profits, any money remaining at the end of the year, called margins, is allocated for return to the members based upon their electricity purchases for that year. South River EMC uses the money as operating capital before it’s returned.

South River EMC Prepares For Hurricane Irma

South River EMC is making final preparations before the weekend in the event that the wind and rain from Hurricane Irma causes power outages in our area.

“Although there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the hurricane’s final track, it is best to be ready to respond quickly and safely if the storm does cause problems for the members of South River EMC,” said CEO Chris Spears.

Planned Outage for Erwin Area


Due to a safety issue created as a result of copper theft, we will have an outage in the Erwin area tonight from 6-8 p.m. We know this is short notice and apologize for any inconvenience.


The Bright Ideas Early Bird Deadline Is Swiftly Approaching

It’s hard to believe, but school will be starting before you know it and South River EMC wants to make sure teachers are aware that Bright Ideas grant applications are still available.

The Bright Ideas grant program helps to fund innovative, classroom based ideas for today’s students. If you have a great idea to reach your students in a different way, a Bright Ideas grant could help.

Bright Ideas Benefit Communities

South River EMC offers the Bright Ideas grant program to teachers working at K-12 public schools to help improve learning in times of lean budgets.

For the 2017-2018 school year the Cooperative is offering grants for up to $2,500 for innovative classroom based ideas. With expectations to award $50,000 for classroom projects and materials, South River EMC will reach $1 million in funding through Bright Ideas this year.

The early bird deadline is approaching, and any educators with an application in before August 15 will be eligible to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.


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