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.
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.
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
Jami G. Reusch
Vice President, Human Resources
Heather H. Teilhet
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
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.