NRLP is a nonprofit operating unit of Appalachian State University. The nonprofit has been providing power to Appalachian State University and the larger Boone community since 1915, according to Appalachian State University. The university stated that NRLP currently has 26 employees and provides power for nearly 8,100 residential and commercial customers and “continues to purchase its power from Blue Ridge Energy of Lenoir.” Miller stated that NRLP is currently one of the “lowest cost electricity companies in the region.”
Looking to introduce more sustainable energy to the organization, Miller said that customers of NRLP have been polled about their interest in renewable energy and that many customers were willing to pay $5-10 more a month to have renewable energy sources included in their services. The organization has started looking into renewable options under the North Carolina Utilities Commission and with a new contract with Carolina Power Partners.
To learn more, please read the full article, Town of Boone’s Sustainability Committee Explores Renewable Energy Options (PDF)