At a Glance – History

Coastal Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative providing electric service to the people of Coastal Georgia in Bryan, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties. We are dedicated to providing our members with dependable power at the most competitive rates. And because we are locally-owned and managed, you get responsive, customer focused service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, our four core values are:

  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Commitment to Community

Touchstone Energy is a national alliance of more than 600 cooperatives in 44 states providing energy solutions to more than 17 million people.

Coastal Electric Cooperative is also a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve. NRECA’s more than 900 member cooperatives serve 37 million people in 47 states.

Our state trade association is Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC) serving Georgia’s 41 electric cooperatives. Through GEMC, all of Georgia’s electric cooperatives pool their resources to gain strength and efficiency on issues common to electric cooperatives. GEMC is the publisher of GEORGIA Magazine sent to our members monthly. The power we deliver to our members is purchased from Oglethorpe Power Corporation and Georgia Energy Cooperative. That energy is delivered over the states network of integrated transmission lines and substations by Georgia Transmission Corporation.

Did you know electric cooperatives:

  • Are located in 74% of the nation’s counties
  • Are the largest electric utility network in the nation
  • Total more than 900 local systems in 46 states
  • Have 37 million member-owners
  • Distribute power over 2.2 million miles of line
  • Serve 75% of the U.S. land mass
  • Own $60 billion in generation, transmission, and distribution assets

In Georgia, there are 42 electric cooperatives and they:

  • Serve more than 3.7 million of the state’s 8.1 million residents.
  • Cover 73 percent of Georgia’s land area.
  • Average ten customers per mile of distribution line, compared with 35 customers per mile for investor-owned electric utilities and 47 customers per mile for municipal electric utilities.
  • Employ more than 4,700 workers.
  • Operate the largest distribution network in the state by far, with more than 153,000 miles of electric power lines.