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GUC awards contract for generator project


Gail Joyner, co-chairwoman of First Presbyterian Women's Neighbor to Neighbor fundraising committee, presents an $8,200 donation to Scott Mullis, GUC assistant director of customer services, for the utilities Neighbor to Neighbor program on April 18, 2019. This is the 17th annual donation given by the organization.


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, April 21, 2019

GUC’s governing board awarded a nearly $5.6 million contract to a Charlotte firm to design and build a system to save electrical costs at Vidant Health’s main campus.

Crowder Industrial Construction is tasked with building a 6,000 kilowatt peak shaving/standby generation system that will power a 3,000 ton chiller at the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. Greenville Utilities’ Board of Commissioners awarded the $5,594,250 contact at its Thursday’s board meeting.

GUC spends about $130 million annually to purchase electricity through the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency’s contract with Duke Energy Progress, said Kyle Brown, GUC electric planning engineer.

While GUC’s average energy rate is .025 cents per kilowatt hour, it jumps to $22.52 per kilowatt during coincident peak hours, Brown said. Peak demand charges account for 50 percent of GUC’s wholesale costs.

To reduce those peak costs, GUC has a “peak shaving” program, for which it has built generators at large commercial and industrial sites. When peak electric usages approaches, GUC switches the businesses over to the generators so the utility draws less electricity from Duke, Brown said.

The businesses also receive a monthly credit for participating. Brown said GUC saves an estimated $1.2 million a month using by deploying 12 generators across its territory.

The generator being installed at Vidant  not only will provide peak shaving but it also will serve as a standby emergency system if GUC’s electric system goes down.

It’s estimated the 6,000 kW generator will reduce GUC’s wholesale costs by approximately $130,000 a month. Vidant Health will receive a fixed monthly credit of $26,640.

Neighbor to neighbor

The board accepted an $8,200 donation from First Presbyterian Women to assist with GUC’s Neighbor to Neighbor.

It’s the 17th year the organization has donated to the program, which provides low-income families with heating assistance, said Scott Mullis, GUC assistant director of customer services.

Administered by the Pitt County Department of Social Services, families may receive up to $200 in assistance.

The $8,200 will aid about 120 families, Mullis said.

GUC launched the Neighbor to Neighbor program in 2001 and First Presbyterian Woman held its first fundraiser a year later, Mullis said.

The organization has raised $294,988 during its 17 years of giving, Mullis said.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9470.