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Celebrating 80 Years of People Power

Like any great American origin story, EnergyUnited’s starts with pioneers. Our pioneers resided in and around the heart of rural North Carolina. They worked hard, providing for their families and establishing close-knit communities, but there was one looming problem: rural access to reliable energy services.

On May 11, 1935, that problem turned into opportunity when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Electric Order No. 7037, which was part of Roosevelt’s New Deal. The order changed the course of the country, turning into a law and paving the way for the Rural Electrification Act (REA) on May 20, 1936. The REA allowed the federal government to make low-cost loans to nonprofit cooperatives like ours to bring electricity to much of rural America for the first time. The rest is our history: a history we can all take pride in.

Since the spark of our first kilowatt 80 years ago, the merger of Davie and Cornelius EMCs to form Crescent EMC in 1972, and the merger of Davidson and Crescent EMC to form EnergyUnited in 1998, we’ve grown a lot, but our values have remained as strong as our rural North Carolina roots. We believe in the power of community. We believe in the power of giving back. And we believe that when it comes to powering the quality of life we’ve built for ourselves line by line, members should always come first.

So here’s to a history that has seen us grow into the largest not-for-profit energy cooperative in our home state. And here’s to a future filled with promise for the cooperative and, most importantly, the communities we happily serve.

To learn more about EnergyUnited’s rich history, click here.