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Canoochee has provided power since 1938

POSTED: November 13, 2017 2:35 p.m.
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Linemen install a power pole.

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When Hurricane Irma threatened our community, employees of Canoochee EMC rose to the task. They prepared their line trucks, hunkered down during the hardest of winds and once the storm subsided, their work was underway.

From Savannah to Vidalia in the west and points north from Pooler south to Wayne County, one-by-one, these workers cut away downed trees, cleared areas and restored light to darkened communities.

Communications Specialist Joseph A. Sikes said they restored more than 6,000 customers’ services since Monday.

This is the type of commitment to community one has come to expect from a company managed, run and locally owned by its customer members.

Canoochee EMC, formed in 1938, currently serves nine rural counties in southeast Georgia made up of roughly 15,000 members. Their home office is located in Reidsville but they have branch offices in Pembroke and one right here in Hinesville.

The local co-op got its humble beginnings when the residents of Tattnall County decided they wanted electricity in their rural community. Instead of waiting for power to come to them, the citizens of Tattnall County, with the help of prominent resident Mrs. C. P. Durrence, implemented the recently passed Rural Electrification Act.

The Act, issued through Executive order 7037 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems in isolated rural areas.

The funding came from the development of member owned electrical cooperatives. The fledgling co-ops purchased power, wholesale, and set up their network of transmission and distribution lines.

As a member-owned co-op, Canoochee customers have an active role in setting policies and decision making. They also have a voice through a voting process and are able to elect their board and representatives.

Canoochee EMC is a not-for profit electrical cooperative. The company is also a member of the Touchstone Energy Cooperative brand, a nationwide alliance of member-owned electric co-ops. Collectively it represents more than 750 unified local electrical cooperatives across 46 state, forming the largest electric utility in the country. A progressive company, Canoochee EMC has moves toward renewable sources of energy partnering with Green Power EMC

Green Power uses solar power and currently has a 20 mega-watt solar farm in Hazlehurst. The project will produce enough electricity to serve 3,000 EMC customers while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Canoochee EMH is located at 2983 Highway 196 West, Hinesville, Ga., 31313. For more information call 1-(800)-342-0134.

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