About Walton EMC
Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is a service cooperative owned by those who receive its services. It is one of the largest of almost 1,000 electric cooperatives in the country.
We supply energy to more than 122,000 residential, business and industrial accounts in 10 northeast Georgia counties. Our mission is to provide reliable energy and electric services - delivered efficiently, with extraordinary customer care.
The cooperative owns two subsidiaries. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, Walton EMC Natural Gas, provides natural gas to residential and business customers throughout Georgia. EMC Security, a joint venture with Jackson EMC and GreyStone Power, offers residential and commercial security services and residential home technology.
Cooperatives are not a new way of doing business. Modern co-ops got their start when the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society founded a highly successful consumer co-op in 1844.
Walton EMC was formed in 1936 when seven community leaders each gave $1 toward the organizational expenses of the co-op, which would provide electricity to residents in rural northeast Georgia. Investor-owned utilities figured it wasn't profitable enough to run lines through these areas because the customer base was sparse. That meant local residents had to do it themselves.
That sparse country grew into the suburbs of today. But the idea of a customer-owned electric company is as viable now as it was then.