Strength Through Cooperation - Carolina Country

A statewide network of resources supports the family of NC co-ops

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From the mountains to the Piedmont and the coast, North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives serve members in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. Each not-for-profit cooperative is independent and as diverse as the communities they serve, although the statewide network of co-ops works closely together to ensure all members are served as reliably, affordably and safely as possible.

Over the course of their history, NC co-ops have formed organizations to support the work they do, each with its own governing board of directors made up of representatives from each member co-op. Today, this family of organizations is collectively known as North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.


26 NC electric co-ops are members of the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives (NCAEC), a trade association that provides association services, including legislative support, public and media relations, safety and educational training, and information technology services. (Not to mention publishing and distributing Carolina Country magazine on behalf of local co-ops.)

All 26 are also members of the Tarheel Electric Membership Association (TEMA), a Raleigh-based co-op organization that provides materials and supplies needed to operate and maintain the electric system. TEMA also serves eight co-ops in Virginia and one co-op in Maryland.


25 NC electric co-ops are members of the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC), a generation and transmission cooperative that owns power generation assets, purchases electricity through contracts, identifies innovative energy projects and coordinates transmission resources for its members.


20 NC electric co-ops are full “participating” members of NCEMC, meaning the generation and transmission co-op serves all of their power requirements.

Participating members are:

  • Albemarle EMC
  • Brunswick Electric
  • Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
  • Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative
  • Central Electric
  • Edgecombe-Martin County EMC
  • Four County EMC
  • Halifax EMC
  • Jones-Onslow EMC
  • Lumbee River EMC
  • Pee Dee Electric
  • Pitt & Greene EMC
  • Randolph EMC
  • Roanoke Cooperative
  • South River EMC
  • Surry-Yadkin EMC
  • Tideland EMC
  • Tri-County EMC
  • Union Power Cooperative
  • Wake Electric


5 NC electric co-op are “independent” members of NCEMC, meaning the generation and transmission co-op serves a portion of their power requirements. The remainder is either supplied by generation owned by the co-ops or purchased from other utilities.

Independent members are:

  • Blue Ridge Energy
  • EnergyUnited’
  • Haywood EMC
  • Piedmont Electric Cooperative
  • Rutherford EMC


1 NC electric co-op, French Broad EMC, is not a member of NCEMC and receives all of its power from owned generation or that purchased from other utilities.