Driven by service and inspired by innovation, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are building a brighter energy future for 2.5 million North Carolinians. Beyond providing electricity, each of the 26 not-for-profit cooperatives is investing in their communities and delivering new energy solutions to improve quality of life for co-op members in 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
Because we are your neighbors, we understand firsthand the unique needs of our communities. We strive not only to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but also to make a difference.
The family of organizations supporting North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives includes:
- North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) – is one of the largest generation and transmission electric cooperatives in the nation, providing reliable, affordable electricity to its 25 member cooperatives. NCEMC owns power generation assets, purchases electricity through contracts, identifies innovative energy projects and coordinates transmission resources for its members.
- North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives (NCAEC) – is a trade association owned by all 26 of North Carolina’s local electric cooperatives. It provides association services, including legislative support, public and media relations, safety and educational training, and information technology services. It also publishes and distributes Carolina Country magazine, an award-winning lifestyle magazine featuring local cooperative news and information.
- Tarheel Electric Membership Association (TEMA) – is a cooperative organization that provides materials and supplies needed to operate and maintain the electric system. It is owned by its members, electric cooperatives in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
Together, we are North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. We join more than 900 electric cooperatives across the United States to form a strong national network, powering the lives of 42 million Americans in 47 states. The national association supporting the network of 900 electric cooperatives is called America’s Electric Cooperatives. Many of these cooperatives, including most of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, identify as Touchstone Energy cooperatives as a symbol of the strength of our national network.