In April 2002 HEMC began the Operation Round Up® program. Since that time members voluntarily participating in the program have had their electric bill “rounded up” to the next dollar, resulting in over one million dollars in financial assistance provided to worthwhile activities and worthy individuals within HEMC’s service area.
Also in 2002, HEMC joined 15 other EMCs to form the state’s first clean energy program, Green Power EMC. In 2008, a photovoltaic cell was installed in the Outdoor Classroom at North Habersham Middle School as part of the SunPower for Schools initiative. In 2010, a wind turbine was added at the school.
In the autumn of 2003 HEMC began reading meters automatically through the power lines.
HEMC introduced the Co‐op Connections Card in 2004, providing members with direct access to hundreds of valuable discounts at local and national retailers, including pharmacies and medical services.
Due to tremendous growth in northeast Georgia, HEMC found it necessary to expand its offices. In 2003, HEMC opened its first branch office in Cleveland. A new Engineering and Operations Center was built in 2004. Two years later, the new Headquarters was completed. A shop was added to the complex in 2010 to better serve the demands of the larger fleet.
The How$mart™program was unveiled in January 2009. HEMC members can finance energy efficient upgrades at extremely low rates without paying any money up front.
Having several years of experience with installing fiber optic service, HEMC partnered with Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, North Georgia State College & University and several local economic development authorities to form the North Georgia Network (NGN). In early 2010, NGN receives $42 million for a Broadband Stimulus Project to construct a regional fiber optic loop. The project provides jobs, stimulates economic development and supports smart‐grid improvements to the electrical power system. As part of the grant, HEMC is able to construct and provide members with fiber optic Internet service, Trailwave™.