Embracing The Future

Advancements in technology impact the energy industry, including how we generate, store and manage electricity usage. Technology has also placed more power in the hands of cooperative members like you, to better understand and manage your electricity needs. Your Touchstone Energy cooperative is working to integrate technology into your community, including understanding electric vehicles, battery storage, solar and more. This section shares more information about these technologies. 

Energy Technologies Resources


As your Touchstone Energy cooperative, we are your source for energy and information. Since interest in solar power generation is growing, we put together a series of fact sheets to help answer questions you might have. Contact us for more information about solar and assistance in making decisions about whether solar is a good option for you.

Battery Storage

Battery storage systems are growing in popularity as the technology improves, prices decline and cooperatives and their members recognize the benefits of energy independence, resiliency, renewable energy integration and financial savings. System installations are increasing in residential homes and businesses and at utility scale.

Smart Home

Smart home technologies continue to grow in popularity, and for good reason. They offer users more control, freedom and security over their homes and can improve comfort, energy use, the environment and safety. But they offer benefits for electric co-ops as well, who can tap into these devices and appliances to optimize the grid and improve its reliability, efficiency and health while supporting their members.


Advanced Metering

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) — an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks and data management — is key to modernizing power generation and distribution to improve the reliability, affordability and safety of electricity delivery. At its core, AMI provides enhanced data collection and analysis that unlocks many new opportunities. Electric co-ops have been installing smart meters throughout the country to replace older electric meter technology, and they are now the most common type of meter in the U.S.

Technology Articles

Solar panels on rooftop

There are plenty of ways to take advantage of solar energy without putting PV panels on your rooftop.

Boy going to turn off a light

Brighten up your interior space with the latest home lighting styles and technologies.

Thermostat set to 78 degrees

If your cooling system isn't working right, here are some common problems and how to fix them.

Benefits of Community Solar

From tax incentives to cash rebates, there are multiple ways to lighten the financial burden of installing solar…


Cordless electric mowers offers convenience and quiet operation, but can they cut it in terms of performance?…