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 nearly 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.
Today, MEC serves over 31,000 accounts in portions of nine Southside Virginia counties and five northern North Carolina counties. We are a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City, Virginia, with three district offices located in Chase City, Gretna, and Emporia.