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The state's 42 electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) stand as enduring evidence of the success of an important element of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal — electric utilities owned, built and run by the customers they serve. Since the 1930s when rural landowners gladly offered power line easements in exchange for electricity, our state’s EMCs have provided electricity and other services to communities in every region of the state.
For an EMC’s contact information, select from the map or the list below.
Serve nearly half the state's residents, about 4.5 million people, including 2 million in metro Atlanta,
Share a service territory of 73 percent of the state, touching all but two of the state’s 159 counties,
Employ 4,700 people,
Pay more than $70 million in taxes, and
Despite larger service territories, most EMC customers pay lower rates than the national average.
Some EMCs in rural, low-growth regions have fewer than 50 employees. Others, particularly those near large cities, have several hundred employees. Georgia’s EMCs, growing faster than investor-owned and municipal utilities, are known for serving some of the nation’s fastest growing counties. See a list of EMCs we serve or choose from the map above.
The state's EMCs share a proud history that dates back to the 1930s when rural residents dreamed of power lines being built near their houses, for it meant electricity would soon be available.