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A Roadmap to the New Rural Electric Cooperative Business Model

dc.contributor.advisor Albright, Elizabeth A
dc.contributor.author Chen, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Metz, Kerri
dc.contributor.author Nanavati, Shaina
dc.contributor.author Way, Jesse
dc.contributor.author Yang, Jingqi
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-28T01:37:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-28T01:37:54Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-27
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/14140
dc.description.abstract In North Carolina today, rural electric cooperatives provide electricity to 26% of the state’s population. Conducted for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), this project aims to assess the services that these cooperatives could offer their members as a means of improving their business model. Through a convenience and snowball sampling approach, we conducted semi-structured interviews with ten organizations. After performing an NVIVO analysis, we identified the criteria of affordability, reliability, and customer satisfaction as the key variables that cooperatives use when assessing service options. Our research revealed continued to reveal the benefits, challenges, and priorities of these cooperatives in offering a range of services to their customers. While each cooperative in North Carolina is unique, we have recommended services they should offer based on their individual priorities and the readiness of each service to be implemented.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject energy efficiency
dc.subject renewable energy
dc.subject rural electric cooperatives
dc.subject North Carolina
dc.subject smart appliances
dc.subject service based business model
dc.title A Roadmap to the New Rural Electric Cooperative Business Model
dc.type Master's project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
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