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Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation was founded in 1940 by a group of local farmers.  These visionaries were committed to providing electricity to rural farmers and families, and they were committed to the effort for a good reason.  Four years after President Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act, they had seen electricity lift many families out of poverty.  It created demand for new jobs and products, and enabled farmers to make efficiency upgrades that resulted in crops being produced and sold more quickly.

Just seven months after Surry-Yadkin EMC closed on our first loan from the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), we energized our first lines on February 22, 1941. Eight months after we first delivered power to parts of Surry County, we held our first annual meeting.

Electric cooperatives around the nation soon became the pillars that supported economic growth in rural America.  Where there was a co-op, there was hope for tomorrow.  Locally, Surry-Yadkin EMC became well-known in our communities, but we weren’t always recognized by that name.  Many members referred to us simply as The REA; in fact, they even wrote checks out to REA when they paid their bills.

Now, you may call us your energy company, or maybe even just “the co-op.” But to us, our name is more than a collection of words appearing at the top of company letterhead.  It’s our brand: everything that comes to mind when you think of us.  It is our hope that you always see us the same way that we see you: as neighbors, and supporters of the community.  

Seventy-five years ago we supported the community by providing electricity to anyone who wanted it.  No matter the person, no matter the costs.  Now, decades later, our focus is still to provide outstanding service that powers our rural communities by energizing, operating and maintaining the grid. But our commitment extends beyond providing electricity: Surry-Yadkin EMC, like all cooperatives, exists to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of our members. As a cooperative, we are owned and governed by our local members. We are proud to be a community partner and to lead in initiatives that make our communities even more vibrant places to live and work, whether that means feeding low-income families over the holidays, or providing aid to an organization that offers an essential service.

To make sure our community support is as impactful as possible, a committee of employees assesses opportunities and directs strategic investments toward initiatives that strengthen our members and communities.  Last year, after considering the details for a proposal to build a new, six-patient hospice home in Yadkin County, the committee and our cooperative leaders immediately understood the importance of our involvement in the project.  We set an audacious goal to raise $25,000 for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care’s capital campaign, a fundraiser focused on financing the construction of the building.  Thanks to the support of our employees, vendors, and the greater business community, we were able to reach this seemingly unthinkable goal.  Now, project construction is underway and residents of Yadkin County will soon have access to around-the-clock hospice care for their loved ones.

We have met many of the communities’ needs over the past seventy-five years by adapting to change.  Technological and social trends will continue to change the way we conduct our business, but nothing will change our mission to serve or who we are.  Who are we?  The dream of a group of farmers; a vision of a brighter tomorrow.

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PERCENT MILES

MEMBERS

PERCENT MEMBERS

COUNTY

DISTRIBUTION MILES

PER COUNTY

PER COUNTY

PER COUNTY

ALLEGHANY

0.13

0.00%

2

0.01%

FORYSTH

128.97

3.28%

1,072

3.88%

STOKES

479.01

12.19%

3,331

12.07%

SURRY

2012.36

51.21%

14,030

50.82%

WILKES

646.57

16.45%

4,270

15.47%

YADKIN

662.57

16.86%

4,901

17.75%

 

 

 

 

 

 

3929.61

100.00%

27,606

100.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on 12-31-2015 Data

 

For more information and to view the territories of all 26 North Carolina Electric Cooperatives visit www.ncemcs.com.

 

 

 

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