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About Cobb EMC/boilerplate

Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC), a not-for-profit electric cooperative, safely delivers reliable electricity to more than 180,000 residential and commercial members in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC’s distribution system consists of 9,064 miles of line over 432 square miles. With more than 199,709 meters served, Cobb EMC is one of the largest of Georgia's 41 EMCs and among the largest of the nation's 900 EMCs.

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President and CEO, Chip Nelson

Board of Directors

  • Chairman, Tripper Sharp
  • Vice Chairman, Edward Crowell
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Malcolm Swanson
  • Rudy Underwood
  • Kelly Bodner 
  • David McClellan
  • David Tennant
  • Bryan Boyd
  • Eric Broadwell


Media Contact

Leslie Thompson
Director, Member & Public Relations
P.O. Box 369, Marietta GA 30061
(678) 355-3142


Corporate Statistics

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Other Organizations Affiliated with Cobb EMC

  • Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC): Established in 1975 to provide electricity to 39 of Georgia’s 41 EMCs. Since the National Energy Act of 1992, OPC's directors have voted to restructure to allow member EMCs to purchase some power from other suppliers. OPC, based in Tucker, Ga., is now divided into three specialized companies. It will remain a cooperative and operate primarily as a power-generating organization.

  • Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC): GEMC is a cooperative owned by Georgia's 41 EMCs. Services include producing member publications such as GEORGIA Magazine, acting as a liaison for the electric cooperatives with state and federal government officials and providing training for EMC employees. Direction is received from a board of directors made up of one representative from each EMC.

  • The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC): Cobb EMC currently obtains financing funds from the CFC, a private, nonprofit, financing cooperative established by the nation's EMC's.

  • Rural Utilities Service (RUS): Formerly the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). Until April 1996, Cobb EMC obtained most of its financing from RUS, a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provides loans to rural electric cooperatives. In April 1996, Cobb EMC prepaid more than $100 million in loans to the RUS. The CFC provided funds for this largest single prepayment by a distribution cooperative in the history of the program.


Cobb EMC’s Relationship to Other Georgia Electric Utilities

Georgia’s electric utilities have an Integrated Transmission System (ITS) that includes more than 17,500 miles of transmission lines and substations that may be used by ITS participants (Oglethorpe Power, Georgia Power and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia) without regard to service area. This eliminates the need for each power supplier to build a separate transmission network. Therefore, joint ownership in generating facilities is shared. For example, Plant Hatch, a nuclear facility located in Baxley, is jointly owned by Georgia Power (50.1 percent), OPC (30 percent), MEAG (17.7 percent) and the City of Dalton (2.2 percent). Cobb EMC, through membership in OPC, shares in the ownership of nuclear plant Edwin I. Hatch, coal-fired plant Hal B. Wansley, nuclear plant Alvin W. Vogtle and coal-fired plant Robert W. Scherer. OPC also owns 75 percent of the new 635-megawatt Rocky Mountain pumped-storage hydro facility, located just north of Rome, Ga. 






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