Altamaha Electric Membership Corporation was chartered as a member-owned cooperative in May 1936, with headquarters in Lyons, Georgia. Although most cities already had electricity when Altamaha Electric Membership Corporation was organized, less than 10 percent of the nation’s farms and rural residents were so fortunate because private power companies refused to serve unprofitable areas. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 7037 in 1935, creating the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). This program offered low-interest loans for “lighting up” rural America. However, when the private power companies that obtained the loans still chose only to serve the more profitable areas, the Rural Electrification Act was passed in 1936 enabling, and encouraging, non-profit organizations to apply for loans. In May 1936, a few brave men with pioneering spirits then banded together to bring the power to rural areas of Toombs County.
With the triumph of building the power lines that bridged the gap between city and country dwellers, making electricity available in rural areas, has come much adversity. By the mid-forties, AEMC saw a slowdown of construction and operations due to World War II and a scarcity of needed wire and materials. The late forties brought better times and teeming construction. With the fifties came the task of teaching rural members the advantages of using electrical appliances as they became available. By this time, black and white television sets had made their debut in living rooms across the country. The seventies ushered in high inflation, the oil embargo, and the energy crisis. The eighties brought energy audits, conservation measures, and steadily increasing wholesale power costs. The nineties delivered a changing electric utility industry environment with the likelihood of deregulation and competition ahead. But, throughout the years, people working together with a cooperative spirit at AEMC have continued to get things done. Even though the REA program was abolished many years ago, Altamaha EMC has been able to maintain its financing through local and national sources to keep up with the new construction and residences across their seven-county system. Since 1936, Altamaha EMC has been committed to providing quality, reliable electric service at competitive prices. They face the future with confidence that AEMC will meet the challenges and overcome whatever obstacles come their way. After all, they have the experience and proven track record that establishes AEMC as a leader in the industry.
With 58 employees, Altamaha EMC provides electrical services with a goal to meet the electrical demands of members. The corporation is very involved in the community, offering Community Impact Grants available through their Operation Round Up program and impacting youth through the Washington Youth Tour, Walter Harrison Scholarship, Altamaha EMC Foundation Scholarships, and free safety programs for schools. Altamaha EMC is a member of the Chamber as a way to support their local communities. An interesting fact about AEMC is that the corporation serves over 20,693 meters in seven counties: Emanuel, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Tattnall, Toombs, and Treutlen.
611 West Liberty Ave.
Lyons, GA 30436
730 US Hwy 1 South
Swainsboro, GA 30401
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
24-hour On-Call Dispatch
Phone Number: (912) 526-8181
Social Media: Facebook (facebook.com/AltamahaEMC)