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.

Affiliate Organizations

 

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.

 

Georgia's EMC's

 

Altamaha EMC

P. O. Box 346

Lyons, GA 30436-0346

912-526-8181

Counties served: Toombs, Montgomery, Emanuel, Treutlen, Laurens, Johnson and Tattnall

Altamaha EMC Web Site

 

Amicalola EMC

544 Highway 515 South

Jasper, GA 30143

770-692-6471

Counties served: Bartow, Cherokee, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Gordon, Lumpkin, Murray and Pickens

Amicalola EMC Web Site

 

Canoochee EMC

P. O. Box 497

Reidsville, GA 30453-0497

912-557-4391

Counties served: Tattnall, Evans, Bryan, Chatham, Toombs, Long, Liberty, Emanuel and Bulloch

Canooche EMC Web Site

 

Carroll EMC

P. O. Box 629

Carrollton, GA 30117-0629

770-832-3552

Counties served: Carroll, Floyd, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk and Troup

Carroll EMC Web Site

 

Central Georgia EMC

923 South Mulberry St.

Jackson, GA 30233

770-775-7857

Counties served: Bibb, Butts, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pike, Putnam and Spalding

Central Georgia EMC Web Site

 

Coastal EMC

P. O. Box 109

Midway, GA 31320-0109

912-884-3311

Counties served: Bryan, Liberty, Long and McIntosh

Coastal EMC Web Site

 

Cobb EMC

P. O. Box 369

Marietta, GA 30061-0369

770-429-2100

Counties served: Bartow, Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton and Paulding

Cobb EMC Web Site

 

Colquitt EMC

P. O. Box 3608

Moultrie, GA 31776-0400

912-985-3620

Counties served: Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes, Tift and Worth

Colquitt EMC Web Site

 

Coweta-Fayette EMC

P. O. Box 488

Newnan, GA 30264-0488

770-502-0226

Counties served: Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Fulton, Heard, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup

Coweta-Fayette EMC Web Site

 

Diverse Power

P. O. Box 160

LaGrange, GA 30241-0160

706-845-2000

Counties served: Troup, Harris, Heard, Coweta, Meriwether and Muscogee in Georgia, Chambers in Alabama

Diverse Power Web Site

 

Excelsior EMC

P. O. Box 297

Metter, GA 30439-0297

912-685-2115

Counties served: Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins and Tattnall

Excelsior EMC Web Site

 

Flint Energies

P. O. Box 308

Reynolds, GA 31076-0308

912-847-3415

Counties served: Bibb, Chattahoochee, Crawford, Dooly, Harris, Houston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Muscogee, Peach, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor and Upson

Flint Energies Web Site

 

Grady EMC

P. O. Box 270

Cairo, GA 31728-0270

912-377-4182

Counties served: Brooks, Colquitt, Decatur, Grady, Mitchell and Thomas

Grady EMC Web Site

 

GreyStone Power Corporation

P. O. Box 897

Douglasville, GA 30133-0897

770-942-6576

Counties served: Bartow, Carroll, Cobb, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Paulding

Greystone EMC Website

 

Habersham EMC

P. O. Box 25

Clarkesville, GA 30523-0025

706-754-2114

Counties served: Habersham, White, Rabun, Stephens, Lumpkin and Hall

Habersham EMC Website

 

Hart EMC

P. O. Box 250

Hartwell, GA 30643-0250

706-376-4714

Counties served: Hart, Franklin, Stephens, Elbert and Madison

Hart EMC Website

 

Irwin EMC

P. O. Box 125

Ocilla, GA 31774-0125

912-468-7415

Counties served: Ben Hill, Berrien, Irwin, Tift, Turner and Wilcox

Irwin EMC Website

 

Jackson EMC

P. O. Box 38

Jefferson, GA 30549-0038

770-367-5281

Counties served: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and Madison

Jackson EMC Web Site

 

Jefferson Energy Cooperative

P. O. Box 312

Louisville, GA 30434-0312

912-625-7265

Counties served: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren and Washington

Jefferson EMC Web Site

 

Little Ocmulgee Georgia EMC

P. O. Box 150

Alamo, GA 30411-0150

912-568-7171

Counties served: Wheeler, Telfair, parts of Laurens, Dodge and Montgomery

Little Ocmulgee EMC Web Site

 

Middle Georgia EMC

P. O. Box 190

Vienna, GA 31092-0157

912-268-2671

Counties served: Dooly, Pulaski, Wilcox, Houston, Turner and Macon

 

Mitchell EMC

P. O. Box 409

Camilla, GA 31730-0409

912-336-5221

Counties served: Miller, Baker, Worth, Dougherty, Early, Decatur, Turner, Mitchell, Tift, Thomas, Calhoun, Lee, Colquitt and Grady

Mitchell EMC Web Site

 

Ocmulgee EMC

P. O. Box 669

Eastman, GA 31023-0669

912-374-7001

Counties served: Dodge, Bleckley, Pulaski, Laurens and Telfair

Ocmulgee EMC Web Site

 

Oconee EMC

P. O. Box 37

Dudley, GA 31022-0037

912-676-3191

Counties served: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Twiggs and Wilkinson

Oconee EMC Web Site

 

Okefenoke Rural EMC

P. O. Box 602

Nahunta, GA 31553-0602

912-462-5131

Counties served: Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Ware and Wayne in Georgia; Baker and Nassau in Florida

Okefenoke Rural EMC Web Site

 

Pataula EMC

P. O. Box 289

Cuthbert, GA 31740-0289

912-732-3171

Counties served: Randolph, Calhoun, Quitman and Clay

Pataula EMC Web Site

 

Planters EMC

P. O. Box 979

Millen, GA 30442-0979

912-982-4722

Counties served: Burke, Jenkins, Screven, Bulloch, Effingham, Emanuel and Richmond

Planters EMC Web Site

 

Rayle EMC

P. O. Box 1090

Washington, GA 30673-0250

706-678-2116

Counties served: Clarke, Hancock, Lincoln, Morgan, Madison, Greene, Oglethorpe, Taliaferro, Wilkes and Oconee

Rayle EMC Web Site

 

The Satilla Rural EMC

P. O. Box 906

Alma, GA 31510-1006

912-632-7222

Counties served: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Ware and Wayne

The Satilla Rural EMC Web Site

 

Sawnee EMC

P. O. Box 266

Cumming, GA 30028

770-887-2363

Counties served: Forsyth, Fulton, Cherokee, Hall, Dawson, Gwinnett and Lumpkin

Sawnee EMC Web Site

 

Slash Pine EMC

P. O. Box 356

Homerville, GA 31634-0356

912-487-5201

Counties served: Atkinson, Clinch, Lanier, Echols, Ware, Berrien, Lowndes and Charlton

 

Snapping Shoals EMC

P. O. Box 509

Covington, GA 30015-0509

770-786-3484

Counties served: Newton, Rockdale, Henry, DeKalb, Butts, Walton, Jasper and Morgan

Snapping Shoals EMC Web Site

 

Sumter EMC

P. O. Box 1048

Americus, GA 31709-1048

912-924-8041

Counties served: Chattahoochee, Sumter, Webster, Randolph, Terrell, Stewart, Lee, Marion, Schley, Quitman and Dougherty

Sumter EMC Web Site

 

Three Notch EMC

P. O. Box 367

Donalsonville, GA 31745-0367

912-524-5377

Counties served: Decatur, Early, Miller, Seminole, Clay and Baker

Three Notch EMC Web Site

 

Tri-County

P. O. Box 487

Gray, GA 31032-0487

912-986-3134

Counties served: Baldwin, Bibb, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson

Tri-County Web Site

 

Upson EMC

P. O. Box 31

Thomaston, GA 30286-0031

706-647-5475

Counties served: Upson, Pike, Talbot, Meriwether, Crawford and Taylor

Upson EMC Web Site

 

Walton EMC

P. O. Box 260

Monroe, GA 30655-0260

770-267-2505

Counties served: Walton, Gwinnett, Greene, DeKalb, Oconee, Newton, Morgan, Barrow, Clarke and Rockdale

Walton EMC WebSite

 

Washington EMC

P. O. Box 598

Sandersville, GA 31082-0598

912-552-2577

Counties served: Washington, Johnson, Emanuel, Laurens, Baldwin, Hancock, Warren, Glascock, Jefferson and Wilkinson

Washington EMC Web Site

Slash Pine Service Area