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About Us

South River Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative whose headquarters is in Dunn, North Carolina. The Cooperative also has a District Operations Center in Fayetteville for the convenience of our membership.

Our Cooperative serves over 43,000 consumer/members in Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties. South River EMC has 107 employees and is owned and operated by the consumer/members who use its services. The company is managed by CEO & Executive Vice President Chris Spears. A slate of nine directors is elected by the members at the annual meeting on the basis of one vote per member. Directors serve three-consecutive-year term before being eligible for re-election.

South River EMC is a non-profit organization chartered in 1940. The cooperative’s electric plant is valued in excess of $215 million. The cooperative has just over 4,569 miles of energized distribution and transmission lines and 38 substations.

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South River EMC is a member of the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Tarheel Electric Membership Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Our Mission:

South River Electric Membership Corporation is a premier locally-owned and operated electric cooperative with a mission to provide safe, reliable, competitively-priced electricity. We are committed to achieving excellence and empowering our members. We are dedicated to high standards of performance and integrity. The cooperative’s number one priority is our members.


Our Vision:

Achieving Excellence, Empowering Members


The Board of Directors

South River EMC is a democratically controlled, not-for-profit electric cooperative. As such, the cooperative is governed by a board of nine directors who are selected from among their peers to represent their interests. Directors are elected to serve a three-year term. Director elections take place at the annual meeting of members each year. In the event that a director resigns or passes away, someone from the same district is selected to complete the unexpired term.


South River EMC currently has a vacancy for a director to serve district three. This district spans South River EMC service area east of Highway 242 and south of Highway 13 in Sampson County. In order to be eligible to serve as a director, your primary residence must be in the district you wish to represent, your home must receive electric service from South River EMC, you must be the primary account holder and you must be at least 18 years old. Please read the documents below, complete the questionnaire and return with a biography and photograph of yourself.



Biography Requirements

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