South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) is a generating and transmission cooperative based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. SMEPA serves more than 390,000 members through its 11 member distribution systems, including Singing River Electric. Singing River Electric purchases all wholesale power from SMEPA.
Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi (ECM) represents 26 electric power associations in the state, which deliver electricity to 1.7 million Mississippians. The statewide trade organization assists co-ops with issues involving safety, training, communications (including publishing “Today in Mississippi”), and legislative matters. ECM also coordinates the annual Youth Leadership Program and assistance for co-ops during natural disasters.
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of 838 electric cooperative utilities and the members they serve.
America’s electric cooperatives provide electricity to an estimated 42 million people in 47 states. Their service territories, which collectively cover 75% of the U.S. landmass. Distribution cooperatives are the foundation of the rural electric network. They deliver electricity to retail customers. Generation & transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) provide wholesale power to distribution co‑ops through their own generation or by purchasing power on behalf of the distribution members.
In addition to electric service, electric co-ops are deeply involved in their communities promoting development and revitalization projects, small businesses, job creation, improvement of water and sewer systems and assistance in delivery of health care and educational services.
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives represent a nationwide alliance of more than 750 local and member-owned electric cooperatives in 46 states working to supply reliable, affordable and safe energy for its 32 million members every day. By working together, this network of cooperatives that own and service rural America’s 2.5 million miles of power line generate services that would normally require the resources of a national corporation. Today, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives has grown to become America’s largest electric utility network.