The state trade association for North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives has launched its new Web site, www.ncelectriccooperatives.com. The site not only contains information valuable to electric cooperative members, but also includes facts and tips to help all energy consumers manage their energy costs and help protect our environment.

Nelle Hotchkiss, senior vice president of corporate relations at North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, said, "This Web site will provide customers of any electric utility truly valuable information, and we encourage people to visit the site to learn about electricity, including energy efficiency and safety tips."

In addition to these tips, the site showcases some of North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives most successful programs, like the Bright Ideas teacher grant program, and Kay Yow and Roy Williams basketball camp scholarships. The site also provides critical storm safety information and phone numbers to report outages in the event of power loss.