Spirit of Cooperation

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We’re a cooperative. As a member-owned co-op, Jackson EMC is owned and democratically controlled by the members it serves.

We’re one of more than 900 electric cooperatives in the U.S. Electric cooperatives account for 42% of the nation’s electric distribution lines. Jackson EMC is one of the largest electric cooperatives in the U.S. and the largest among Georgia’s 41 electric membership corporations (EMCs).

Members of Jackson EMC have a voice in the management of their cooperative. One of the ways you can participate is by attending Jackson EMC’s Annual Meeting, which provides information about business operations.

As a co-op, we operate as a not-for-profit and return excess revenues, called margin refunds, to our members each year. Margin refunds are refunded to eligible members with checks mailed in December.

Seven Cooperative Principles

All cooperatives share a common set of principles. These Seven Cooperative Principles are:

1. Open and Voluntary Membership

2. Democratic Member Control

3. Members’ Economic Participation

4. Autonomy and Independence

5. Education, Training and Information

6. Cooperation among Cooperatives

7. Concern for Community

Cooperative Spirit Serving Georgians

Jackson EMC is its own corporation and collaborates with other cooperatives. These collaborations involve everything from collective generation and transmission to economic development.

Together, Jackson EMC and other Georgia cooperatives jointly own, operate and benefit from Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia System Operations Corporation, and Green Power EMC. Collectively, Georgia’s member-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73% of the state’s land area.

To learn more about electric cooperatives, visit National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.