Three members at annual meeting holding Mississippi cutting boards

Heritage Matters, Members Matter

Author Anthony J. D’Angelo observed, “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.”

To a large degree, this reflects Singing River Electric’s philosophy toward our member-consumers and the communities we serve. As a cooperative, we have a different “bottom line.” While our priority is always to provide safe, reliable energy, there is another equally important part of this equation – community.

To us, this is not just a community where we work, it is our home. You are not just a customer; you are a member of our co-op and without you, we would not exist.

Electric co-ops are uniquely suited to understand your needs because we were built by the communities we serve. Singing River Electric was shaped over time by our communities. Our 80-year heritage began with local leaders coming together to form our co-op and lay the ground work that still shapes us today.

Without co-ops electrifying America, many of our local economies simply would not exist. The electrification of the communities created jobs, fueled growth and powered local lives and economies.

Today, Singing River Electric members help guide important co-op decisions that improve and enrich the community. We value the perspective of our board members, who are members of the co-op and community – just like you.

Since our inception, we have sought feedback and engagement from our members and communities to guide our long-term decisions. We also hold annual meetings and other events, such as energy fairs, throughout the year to increase member engagement.

We strive to find new ways to help you use energy more efficiently. We’re always exploring more options that will help you manage your energy use and technology that can improve your quality of life. In short, we are always seeking to keep pace with the changing energy environment, evolving technology and shifting member expectations.

Each co-op is different based on the unique needs of their communities. That’s why we support local charitable organizations, youth leadership, clean-up efforts, safety education, civic clubs, walks for causes, scholarships, fund community grants and more.

While the times may have changed, our mission and outlook have not. Across the country and right here in Mississippi, local co-ops work together to embrace new technologies that enhance the quality of life of our members, and provide safe, reliable, affordable electric energy to power our communities.

Anne Prince writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape.