PRVEPA Quick Facts
Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association
- A not-for-profit, member-owned electric distribution cooperative
- Organized in May 1938 in order to furnish dependable electric energy at the most economical cost consistent with good businesses practices
- Governing body is a 10-member Board of Directors elected by members for staggered 3-year terms
- Service area includes all or parts of 12 counties
- Serves more than 48,000 meters consisting of residential, commercial, large power and industrial loads
- Electric distribution system includes more than 5,900 miles of power lines and 25 substations
- Headquarters office is located in Columbia, with district offices in Hattiesburg, Wiggins, and Purvis
- Employs 132 highly skilled, service-oriented professionals
- PRVEPA is a Touchstone Energy cooperative, part of a nationwide network of electric cooperatives that share resources
- In 1963 PRVEPA was the first cooperative in Mississippi to begin paying patronage refunds (a return on members’ equity in the Association)…since that time more than $42 million over 53 years has been returned to members
- In 1988, PRVEPA began returning patronage credits to the estates of deceased members…more than $12 million has been returned through that program
- PRVEPA purchases its wholesale power from South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA), a generation & transmission cooperative owned by Pearl River Valley Electric and 10 other Mississippi distribution cooperatives
Mississippi has 25 electric power associations that deliver electricity to more than 754,000 meters (more than 650,000 residential meters) and one generation and transmission cooperative (South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Hattiesburg) which distributes wholesale power to 11 electric power associations.
- These electric power associations energize a total of 93,859 miles of lines throughout a service area which covers 85% of the state's land mass.
- The average number of consumers served per mile of line is 8, compared to the national average of 32 for investor-owned utilities and 41 for municipal-operated systems.
- Electric power associations serve 50% of the electric meters in Mississippi, investor owned 40%, municipal systems - 10%
- Electric power associations employ 2,866 Mississippians.