October is National Co-op Month and the perfect time to highlight what sets electric cooperatives, including Okefenoke REMC, apart.

OREMC is community born, community led and focused on you, our consumer-members. While our original mission was to help light up our corner of rural America, the electric utility industry, and our dependence on electricity, has changed dramatically over the past 79 years. The focus of our business is powering your life every day, however, it is also about doing so reliably, embracing and promoting renewable energy resources and being a catalyst for good in our communities.

For these reasons we continually reinvest in and update our distribution system with new technologies. It is why we installed three solar arrays and offer subscriptions to our Cooperative Solar program, giving you the opportunity to use solar energy and offset our carbon footprint. And it is why we partner with our local communities to foster education and economic development — the role that is often the most valuable strength of our co-op.

 Right here in our eight-county service area, we partner with churches, schools and civic organizations to help spark young minds, shape the leaders of tomorrow, encourage team work on and off the playing field, and to assist those who are in need. Some specific examples include:

  • The Ferst Foundation, childhood literacy program
  • Georgia High School Association
  • Southeast Cancer Unit, Inc.
  • Awarding ten $2,000 scholarships annually
  • Washington Youth Tour, sponsor four students annually
  • Active in our local Chambers of Commerce
  • Active in Regional Development Authorities

 The co-op business model is unique in that we put people first. We strive to be a trusted voice in our communities. At OREMC, we always have our consumer-members’ best interest at heart, because we live and work here too.