OUR COMPANY

OUR MISSION

To serve our Member EMCs with excellence and integrity, with a cost conscious mindset,

to maintain open and frequent communications with those Members to build and maintain trust,

to be good stewards of their investment in energy assets by providing environmentally responsible, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, and

to work collaboratively to seek and cultivate innovative energy solutions in the rapidly evolving energy landscape which add value to our Member EMCs.

 

 

Before Oglethorpe Power

Beginning in the 1930s, rural communities in Georgia depended on local electric utilities for power. Initially, these utilities had no power resources of their own. In 1936, the Rural Electrification Administration was established, allowing these utilities to join together as Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs) to purchase power.

Joining Forces

In 1974, Georgia’s EMCs joined together to start a power supply company: Oglethorpe Electric Membership Corporation (OEMC), later known as Oglethorpe Power Corporation. For the first time in Georgia, generation facilities and transmission lines were part of the cooperative model, improving reliability and helping keep costs stable.

New Path Forward

As the energy industry changed, so did the structure of Oglethorpe Power. In 1997, Oglethorpe Power split into three companies: Oglethorpe Power for energy generation and asset management, Georgia Transmission for transmission infrastructure, and Georgia System Operations for monitoring and dispatch.

Today & Beyond

We continue to work hard to produce affordable, reliable power that Georgia’s EMCs distribute to millions of residents, businesses and other organizations across the state. Because we’re committed to producing power through a balanced and diverse portfolio of generating resources, our Member EMCs are well positioned for years to come.

Board of Directors

Our board includes EMC directors and managers as well as an independent director.

Front and Center:  Marshall S. Millwood, Chairman, Sawnee EMC;
Front Row (left to right):  Horace H. Weathersby III, Planters EMC; Wm. Ronald Duffey, Outside Director; George L. Weaver, Central Georgia EMC; Randy Crenshaw, Irwin EMC, Middle Georgia EMC; Fred A. McWhorter, Rayle EMC; Ernest A. “Chip” Jakins III, Jackson EMC.
Back row (left to right):
James I. White, Vice Chairman, Snapping Shoals EMC; Jeffrey W. Murphy, Hart EMC; Jimmy G. Bailey, Diverse Power; Sam Simonton, Walton EMC; Danny Nichols, Colquitt EMC.

Leadership

Our management ensures we effectively maintain our generation assets and serve the EMCs with excellence.

Michael L. Smith

President & CEO

Betsy B. Higgins

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

David W. Sorrick

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Billy F. Ussery

Executive Vice President, Member Relations

Annalisa M. Bloodworth

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Heather H. Teilhet

Senior Vice President, External Affairs​

Jami G. Reusch

Vice President, Human Resources

Community Involvement

In addition to generating electricity, we support the communities where we have facilities. Our community relations efforts include Georgia-focused initiatives such as literacy and education programs, as well as being active in local chambers of commerce. We offer financial and volunteer support to local, statewide and national charitable organizations.