Jackson County Rural Elec Member

By: Bubbajunk.com

Jackson County Rural Electric was permitted in September 22, 1937, for $100,000. The first pole was set on February 12, 1938. That pole, which was made from a native chestnut tree, remained in service until October 1, 1997. The company headquarters is located in Brownstown about 1/2 mile east of U.S. 50 at 274 East Base Road.
 
In 1935 two important events started the Rural Electrification program early. The Indiana legislature in its 1935 General Assembly passed the State REMC (Rural Electric Membership Corporation) act, and on May 11, 1935, the United States Congress passed the bill begin the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), which became part of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) in 1994. 
 
Jackson County REMC is a member owned rural electric cooperative. There are about 23,500 active services in place on 2,836 miles of line, an average of 8.3 consumers per mile. The company is one of the three largest of 38 REMC's in Indiana, both in area and number of members. Their system includes both good farming areas and hilly sections which provide as beautiful and scenic attractions as customer will find in southern Indiana.
 
The company is a nonprofit cooperative. This means that no stock is owned, there are no dividends declared, and any excess of revenue over expenses (margins) is treated as capital contributed by each member in proportion to the amount of electricity purchased.
The company is a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) which has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. NRECA is a national service association for the nearly 1000 rural electric systems in the country.
 
The principle of Jackson County Rural Electric Membership Corporation shall be to serve the electric energy needs of its members fully, equitably and reliably at a high level of service constant with sound economy and good management.
 
Their service area is about 50 miles long and 46 miles large at the greatest extremities, covering approximately 1400 square miles. Their construction and service teams operate from the headquarters at Brownstown. The REMC offers an equalized Budget Billing Program to consumers of good standing and annual program started with the bills mailed at the end of July, with the following June serving as the settle-up month.