My Co-op

80 Years of Serving Our Neighbors

Singing River Electric Cooperative was started by local people wanting to provide their own electricity through a cooperative-form of business in August, 1938.

Singing River Electric Leadership

Staff:

Brian Hughey, General Manager and CEO
Sarah Bray, Manager of Office Services
Jeff Catlett, Sand Hill District Manager
Tom Davis, Manager of Engineering
Payton Dudley, Project Engineer
Lorri Freeman, Manager of Public Relations
Tammy Hultz, Manager of Accounting and Finance
John Mason, Project Engineer
David Miller, Manager of Information Technology
Annette Riley, Manager of Human Resources
Buck Williams, Gautier District Manager
Lynn Wilson, Executive Assistant

Board of Directors:

Singing River Electric is represented by a board of directors made up of members from throughout the service territory. These directors help manage the business and affairs of the electric distribution cooperative.

HOWARD DAVIS, PRESIDENT, Retired Civil Engineer, District 3
TRAVIS BAXTER, VICE PRESIDENT, Retired Shipyard Supervisor, District 2
CARY W.WILLIAMS, TREASURER, CPA/Financial Planner, District 1
EDWARD H. THORNTON, SECRETARY, Business Owner, District 3
ROY GRAFE, CE BOARD REP., Retired Mechanical Engineer, District 2
RALPH HICKS, Retired Farmer/Timber Producer, District 1
MARK W. LASALLE, Biologist, District 3
KRISTAL SISSON, Educator, District 3
ROBERT STEELE, Retired Business Owner, District 1
RONALD R. WILSON, Shipyard Director and Engineer, District 2
MARK MAPLES, Board Attorney

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The Cooperative Difference

SRE system map

For more than 80 years, Singing River Electric Cooperative has provided quality and reliable electric service to its members. We are the second largest cooperative in Mississippi and the 49th largest of 809 electric co-ops in the nation.

Our mission is to provide safe and reliable electric service at the lowest possible cost while promoting energy efficiency and enhancing the lives of the members and communities we serve.

As a cooperative, we operate by the seven cooperative principles:

1st Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the general membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights – one member, one vote.

3rd Principle: Members’ Economic Participation

Members contribute to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4th Principle: Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

5th Principle: Education, Training and Information

Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

6th Principle: Cooperation among Cooperatives

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

7th Principle: Concern for Community

While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

Energizing Economic Development

Singing River Electric is committed to economic development as an important way of improving the communities we serve. We support our local economies and work to create new jobs in two ways: building infrastructure necessary to reliably support our business and industry needs both today and tomorrow, and working aggressively to match local economic development projects with U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development loans and grants.

Your Co-Op Energy Resources

Generating Electricity

Cooperative Energy is ever ready to provide electricity, 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Ever wonder how your electricity works? Or where it comes from? Here’s some information that might enlighten you.

On-demand Power

The generating process itself is incredibly responsive. Whenever a light is turned on or some other need for electricity is called for, that demand is immediately met by a generator in the system.

Generation Resources

The generating process converts energy sources to electricity. Cooperative Energy’s resources include natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydroelectricity and solar energy.

Fluctuating Demand

When the demand for electricity throughout the system goes up or down, either daily or seasonally, additional generating units are called on.

Member Owned

Working together, Cooperative Energy’s member co-ops have a more powerful voice when it comes to issues that impact our state, like keeping power costs low and keeping the environment clean.

Transmitting Electricity

Power highways carry electricity throughout Mississippi.

Cooperative Energy’s bulk wholesale power is delivered via more than 1,755 miles of transmission lines. Singing River Electric then takes the power from substations to your home over 7,300 miles of underground and overhead power lines.

  • Through the Woods

    In Mississippi, transmission and distribution power lines are built through long stretches of forests and woodlands, as well as across swamps, rivers and bayous.

  • Reliable Service

    Right-of-way easements are on yearly maintenance rotations to ensure limbs and shrubs are re-cleared and do not come in contact with power lines and cause outages.

  • Under Constant Evaluation

    Because member demand is ever increasing, both transmission and distribution systems are monitored and maintained daily. Long-term and short-term engineering plans are made and followed to plan for future growth.

How power is delivered

Here’s the journey from generator to meter:

Transmission Lines Graphic

Generation Resources

Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, Hydroelectricity and Solar Energy

Generating Solar Energy

Cooperative Energy has five small-scale, 100-kW solar sites across the state and one 52MW solar facility in Lamar County that covers covers 540 acres and is home to approximately 208,000 photovoltaic solar panels.

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Careers

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News Center

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Annual Membership Meeting

Singing River Electric Cooperative holds its annual membership meeting in June of each year. It is held at the cooperative's headquarters office in Lucedale.
Meeting notice and proxy cards are mailed to SRE members in May. Online voting begins at the same time. Attendees participate in a pre-meeting Energy Fair prior to the business session, receive an attendance prize, and qualify for door prizes.

SREC Geographic Districts

In order to assure representation of the geographic areas served by the cooperative, the board of directors represent fellow members in three districts:

District 1

District 1 directors represent members in Greene, Perry, Wayne counties in Mississippi and Washington County in Alabama. Three directors are elected and hold office from this district in posts 1, 2, and 3.

District 2

District 2 directors represent members in George or Stone counties in Mississippi and Mobile County in Alabama. Three directors are elected and hold office from this district in posts 1, 2, and 3.

District 3

District 3 directors represent members in Jackson and Harrison counties in Mississippi. Four directors are elected and hold office from this district in posts 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Contact Us

If you have any service or billing related questions or comments, please feel free to call any SREC office or email us at: contactus@singingriver.com. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 767, Lucedale, MS 39452.

Our office and call center hours for all locations are Monday through Friday -
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lucedale Office
(Headquarters)

11187 Old 63 South
Lucedale, MS 39452
(601) 947-4211
Map to this location.

Gautier District
Office

500 Highway 90
Gautier, MS 39553
(228) 497-1313
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Sand Hill District
Office

39276 Highway 63N
Richton, MS 39476
(601) 989-2345
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Affiliates

Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi

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.

Cooperative Energy

Cooperative Energy is a generating and transmission cooperative based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Cooperative Energy serves more than 390,000 members through its 11 member distribution systems, including Singing River Electric. Singing River Electric purchases all wholesale power from Cooperative Energy.

NRECA

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

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.