Energy Source Mix: Now and Then

Over the years, energy sources have evolved dramatically. In 2005, coal was the dominant fuel source, producing 56% of the electricity consumed by members, with natural gas-fired plants generating 28% of the electricity. Natural gas replaced coal as the dominant fuel source in recent years, now producing 74% of the electricity consumed by members in 2021 versus 12% produced by coal. These charts show an energy fuel source mix comparison for the years 2005 and 2021.

Cooperative Energy, SRE’s generation and transmission partner, operates generating units across the state and then transmits electricity to eleven electric cooperatives. Maintaining a mix of diverse energy sources helps protect both power availability and affordability, keeping your lights on and your energy bills low.

Renewable energy sources, like solar and hydroelectric power, are a growing source of generation. Cooperative Energy owns nine small-scale solar sites across the state. They also partner with the Southeastern Power Administration for hydroelectric power.

Singing River Electric has an 83-year heritage of providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to our local communities where we call home. SRE serves more than 76,600 meters across 7,556 miles of power lines in seven counties in Mississippi (Jackson, George, Greene, Perry, Stone, Wayne and Harrison) and two counties in Alabama (Mobile and Washington). The electric distribution cooperative works with Cooperative Energy to provide its members a diverse mix of generation resources including five small-scale solar sites locally and a 540-acre solar site in Lamar County. For more information, follow our conversations on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.