Who We Are

MEC TeamOur Mission: To provide services and create opportunities to enhance the quality of life.

Imagine what it must have been like after dark on farms, ranches, and small towns across America before there was power before there was electricity. Wanting to have the same luxuries as those of the big cities – farmers, ranchers, and rural families banded together to shine the lights on rural America. In 1936, the REA was formed as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to help local communities form electric cooperatives across the United States and finally bring electricity to rural America, just like those in the big cities. Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) was formed in 1938 by the members – for the members. After over 80 years, our legacy of providing our member-owners with safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electric service, while supporting the communities throughout our service territory, continues on.

ACSI Infographic Unity PowerPoint Today, MEC serves over 31,000 accounts in portions of nine Southside Virginia counties and five northern North Carolina counties. MEC is headquartered in Chase City, Virginia, with three district offices located in Chase City, Gretna, and Emporia.

  • Being a member of an electric cooperative means that you’re more than just a customer, you’re a member! And…since we are not-for-profit, we put our members first!
  • Next to safety, ensuring our member’s satisfaction is our primary objective.

Our Affiliates

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Association of Electric Cooperatives

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Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

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