Sumter Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is a service cooperative and is owned by those it serves. The EMC runs on the principles that membership is open and voluntary, that members control the corporation, and that electric service is provided at cost to the members. Electric cooperatives are different than other forms of business, and member-owners of cooperatives notice this difference. For one thing, co-ops put consumers first because the consumers are the owners. In addition, co-ops are locally owned and operated. When members call the co-op, they are talking with their neighbors. And both of these aspects combine to make co-ops more responsive since members are the owners and they are accountable to their own neighbors and communities.
Sumter EMC is a not-for-profit electric utility that provides energy to more than 19,500 customers in all or parts of Marion, Chattahoochee, Schley, Stewart, Webster, Sumter, Quitman, Randolph, Terrell, Lee and Dougherty counties. The Corporation is headquartered in Americus with branch offices in Leesburg and Cusseta.