Since 2014, ECC has provided REC with consulting, planning, development, implementation and business operations services for middle mile and last mile fiber and wireless technology for internal (e.g. smart grid devices) use and external last mile broadband services.
About Piedmont Electric
ECC Technologies has worked as a consultant for PEMC since 2014 when we were hired to conduct a territory telecommunications infrastructure assessment and develop a fiber business plan with financial Pro-forma. PEMC is a not-for-profit rural electrical co-op that is located in a rural area northwest of Raleigh, North Carolina. The PEMC has over 32,000 commercial and residential customers in rural parts of a six-county area.
Electrical Substations Connected
Over 150 Miles of New Fiber Installed
Three Business Offices Connected
2 of 3 Phases Completed
Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation needed a solution to connect their 21 electrical substations and three business offices. PEMC desired a fiber connection to be able to upgrade their DA, which consists of SCADA, RTU, and TWACS systems.
ECC provided and continues to provide Design, Permitting, and Construction Administration service throughout this multi-phase project that will result in the construction of a total of 230-plus miles of fiber optic cabling in a region-wide fiber system. ECC’s scope consists of all components and services beginning with inception to completion of construction.
Phase 1 was completed in 2017 and consisted of 60 miles of new fiber installation. During this phase, ECC worked with Duke Energy, PEMC, NCDOT, county, village, and town resources as well as rail and environmental authorities and private landowners to secure the most effective pathways. In 2018 Phase 2 was completed and consisted of 55 miles. The last and final phase has been 100% designed and an RFP was let for contractor selection. Phase 3, currently under construction, is estimated at 60+ miles of fiber construction, of which 50 miles will tie back into the Phase 1 segment.