History of Slash Pine EMC
In 1939, individuals in several counties in Southeast Georgia partnered together to take part in the new rural electricity movement. Through their cooperation, these leaders created The Slash Pine Electric Membership Corporation, a not-for-profit electric membership cooperative. Since its inception, Slash Pine EMC has grown to meet the needs of its eight-county service area. The Board of Directors and employees of Slash Pine EMC are reminded of the founding partnerships with people in local communities as they constantly strive to meet the ever-changing needs of its members.
In the beginning, the service area was that area not wanted or needed by other rural electric cooperatives or private investment power utilities. Our territory consisted of sparsely populated areas of deep South Georgia, including small family farms and pine trees. There was little cash money in the area, and many of the first memberships were paid for in farm produce. The “Doubting Thomas’s”, Bankers, REA Officials and Politicians all agreed that Slash Pine EMC was just a dream that could never become reality. The main obstacle to Slash Pine’s success was too many miles of electric line for too few meters. The issue of acquiring the proper right of way for the construction of the electric lines through forest lands from which people depended on for the livelihood was also a contributing factor for failure. But the courage of nine men who would become Slash Pine EMC’s first Board of Directors believed in their dream of a better way of life for themselves and their neighbors.
The original petition of incorporation was filed in Clinch County, Georgia on December 28, 1939. The nine men had each paid a five dollar membership fee. The first bill paid was to The Clinch County News in the amount of $44 for legal advertising for the incorporation of Slash Pine Electric Membership Corporation. The first original Charter was granted on December 1, 1940. The first meeting of the corporation and directors of Slash Pine EMC was held in the main court room at the court house in the town of Homerville, Georgia at 3 p.m., February 10, 1940. There was one dollar in the cooperative’s bank account.
The Directors would meet weekly until March 20, 1904 when the first mortgage note to the Rural Electrification Administration was submitted in the amount of $152,000 for the purpose of furnishing electric energy to approximately 549 members.
The first electric lines were energized on December 8, 1940. There were 290 members receiving electric power in Clinch, Lanier, and Ware Counties. In February 1941, the average consumption for the entire project was 33 kilowatt hours. The longest electric line was approximately 100 miles, beginning in Clinch County and running into Lanier County to serve 102 members. Today Slash Pine EMC has over 1900 miles of electric line serving 6,000 members, with an annual consumption in excess of 170,000,000 kilowatt hours.
As a result of more than six decades of dedicated effort to improve the quality of life in rural South Georgia, Slash Pine EMC recognizes the value of the communities in which we serve that goes beyond our ability to simply provide reliable electric power at reasonable rates. Our communities depend on us as a partner in their economic development initiatives, their civic leadership, and their commitment to local job creation.
Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC) - GEMC is a cooperative owned by Georgia's 42 EMCs. Services include producing publications for EMC members such as Georgia Magazine, acting as a liaison for the electric cooperatives with state and federal officials and providing training for employees of EMCs. Direction is received from a board of directors made up of one representative from each EMC.
The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) - Middle Georgia currently obtains financing funds from CFC. This entity is a private, nonprofit, financing cooperative established by the nation's EMCs.
Rural Utilities Service (RUS) - Formerly the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). Middle Georgia obtains most of its financing from RUS, a part of the U. S. Department of Agriculture which provides loans to rural electric cooperatives.
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) - The NRECA is the service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of consumer-owned cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve. The association provides national leadership and member assistance through legislative representation before the U. S. Congress and the Executive Branch and representation in legal and regulatory proceedings affecting electric service and the environment. Also they provide education and training programs for cooperative's directors, managers and employees.
National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) - The NRTC represents the advanced telecommunications and information technology interests of more than 1000 utilities and affiliates in 46 states. They help rural electric and telephone utilities strengthen their businesses with solutions uniquely suited to the needs of rural consumers.
Oglethorpe Power Corporation - OPC is a not-for-profit power supplier serving 39 of Georgia’s 42 customer-owned Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs). OPC is owned by its 39 Member Systems. Formed in 1974, OPC is one of Georgia's largest privately owned corporations. OPC is headquarters are on the northeast side of Atlanta near the DeKalb County town of Tucker, GA.
Georgia Systems Operations Corporation - GSOC is an independent not-for-profit corporation owned by 39 of the Electric Membership Cooperatives in the state of Georgia. They are a systems operations company - an operating agent. GSOC enable the energy market in Georgia and the Southeast by providing a range of operations services that allow market participants (buyers and sellers) to transact, optimize, and account for their business.
Georgia Transmission Corporation - GTC is a not-for-profit cooperative owned by 39 Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs) in Georgia. Their purpose is to provide reliable and competitively priced transmission and associated services to all of its customers.
Georgia Magazine - Georgia Magazine, published by Georgia Membership Corporation for consumers of Georgia's electric cooperatives, celebrates the Georgia lifestyle with articles about interesting people, places and events around the state. Middle Georgia EMC mails this publication to our members free every month. Our monthly newsletter is inserted into the middle of the magazine.
CoBank - CoBank offers a broad range of flexible loan programs, specially tailored financial services and leasing services to agribusinesses, rural communications and energy systems, and Farm Credit associations. The bank operates on a cooperative basis and is owned by its customer-owners.
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Lyons, GA 30436-0346
Counties served: Toombs, Montgomery, Emanuel, Treutlen, Laurens, Johnson and Tattnall
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Jasper, GA 30143
Counties served: Bartow, Cherokee, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Gordon, Lumpkin, Murray and Pickens
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Reidsville, GA 30453-0497
Counties served: Tattnall, Evans, Bryan, Chatham, Toombs, Long, Liberty, Emanuel and Bulloch
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Carrollton, GA 30117-0629
Counties served: Carroll, Floyd, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk and Troup
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923 South Mulberry St.
Jackson, GA 30233
Counties served: Bibb, Butts, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pike, Putnam and Spalding
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Midway, GA 31320-0109
Counties served: Bryan, Liberty, Long and McIntosh
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Marietta, GA 30061-0369
Counties served: Bartow, Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton and Paulding
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Moultrie, GA 31776-0400
Counties served: Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes, Tift and Worth
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Newnan, GA 30264-0488
Counties served: Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Fulton, Heard, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup
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LaGrange, GA 30241-0160
Counties served: Troup, Harris, Heard, Coweta, Meriwether and Muscogee in Georgia, Chambers in Alabama
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Metter, GA 30439-0297
Counties served: Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins and Tattnall
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Reynolds, GA 31076-0308
Counties served: Bibb, Chattahoochee, Crawford, Dooly, Harris, Houston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Muscogee, Peach, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor and Upson
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Cairo, GA 31728-0270
Counties served: Brooks, Colquitt, Decatur, Grady, Mitchell and Thomas
GreyStone Power Corporation
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Douglasville, GA 30133-0897
Counties served: Bartow, Carroll, Cobb, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Paulding
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Clarkesville, GA 30523-0025
Counties served: Habersham, White, Rabun, Stephens, Lumpkin and Hall
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Hartwell, GA 30643-0250
Counties served: Hart, Franklin, Stephens, Elbert and Madison
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Ocilla, GA 31774-0125
Counties served: Ben Hill, Berrien, Irwin, Tift, Turner and Wilcox
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Jefferson, GA 30549-0038
Counties served: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and Madison
Jefferson Energy Cooperative
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Louisville, GA 30434-0312
Counties served: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren and Washington
Little Ocmulgee Georgia EMC
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Alamo, GA 30411-0150
Counties served: Wheeler, Telfair, parts of Laurens, Dodge and Montgomery
Middle Georgia EMC
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Vienna, GA 31092-0157
Counties served: Dooly, Pulaski, Wilcox, Houston, Turner and Macon
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Camilla, GA 31730-0409
Counties served: Miller, Baker, Worth, Dougherty, Early, Decatur, Turner, Mitchell, Tift, Thomas, Calhoun, Lee, Colquitt and Grady
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Eastman, GA 31023-0669
Counties served: Dodge, Bleckley, Pulaski, Laurens and Telfair
P. O. Box 37
Dudley, GA 31022-0037
Counties served: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Twiggs and Wilkinson
Okefenoke Rural EMC
P. O. Box 602
Nahunta, GA 31553-0602
Counties served: Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Ware and Wayne in Georgia; Baker and Nassau in Florida
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Cuthbert, GA 31740-0289
Counties served: Randolph, Calhoun, Quitman and Clay
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Millen, GA 30442-0979
Counties served: Burke, Jenkins, Screven, Bulloch, Effingham, Emanuel and Richmond
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Washington, GA 30673-0250
Counties served: Clarke, Hancock, Lincoln, Morgan, Madison, Greene, Oglethorpe, Taliaferro, Wilkes and Oconee
The Satilla Rural EMC
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Alma, GA 31510-1006
Counties served: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Ware and Wayne
P. O. Box 266
Cumming, GA 30028
Counties served: Forsyth, Fulton, Cherokee, Hall, Dawson, Gwinnett and Lumpkin
Slash Pine EMC
P. O. Box 356
Homerville, GA 31634-0356
Counties served: Atkinson, Clinch, Lanier, Echols, Ware, Berrien, Lowndes and Charlton
Snapping Shoals EMC
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Covington, GA 30015-0509
Counties served: Newton, Rockdale, Henry, DeKalb, Butts, Walton, Jasper and Morgan
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Americus, GA 31709-1048
Counties served: Chattahoochee, Sumter, Webster, Randolph, Terrell, Stewart, Lee, Marion, Schley, Quitman and Dougherty
Three Notch EMC
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Donalsonville, GA 31745-0367
Counties served: Decatur, Early, Miller, Seminole, Clay and Baker
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Gray, GA 31032-0487
Counties served: Baldwin, Bibb, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson
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Thomaston, GA 30286-0031
Counties served: Upson, Pike, Talbot, Meriwether, Crawford and Taylor
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Monroe, GA 30655-0260
Counties served: Walton, Gwinnett, Greene, DeKalb, Oconee, Newton, Morgan, Barrow, Clarke and Rockdale
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Sandersville, GA 31082-0598
Counties served: Washington, Johnson, Emanuel, Laurens, Baldwin, Hancock, Warren, Glascock, Jefferson and Wilkinson