Mountain City Electric (MCE) provides electrical contracting services in Johnson County, Kentucky. The business is owned and operated by Matt Williams and Darrick Preston, both master electricians, who established the business in 2005. As is the case for many businesses in the country, 2009 was a tough year for MCE. MACED extended a $35,000 loan in June 2010 to help pay some outstanding bills and provide cash to cover operating expenses in the interval before receiving payment for completed work.
Matt and Derrick also benefitted from MACED’s energy consulting services and access to its free energy audit equipment library, which helped them identify options for reducing MCE’s energy use and cost—steps that should ultimately improve the business’s operating cash flow. MACED also provided technical assistance on expanding their business to include the provision of energy assessments. Finally, MACED helped MCE secure work with the local school district to replace inefficient lighting and exit signs. The school district’s replacement of 300 incandescent exit signs with LED exit signs will lower the district’s electricity bill and prevent about 71.2 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year.
Says Energy Specialist Josh Bills, “MACED’s efforts have strengthened a business in an economically distressed county, and the business is helping other enterprises and schools save money on utility bills and reduce GHG emissions through increased energy efficiency. It’s a win-win situation for Johnson County.”