History and Information
Pointe Coupee Electric Membership Corporation was organized and received its state charter on September 15, 1938. The cooperative serves areas of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes.
Pointe Coupee Electric is owned and operated locally by the people who receive electric service. The electric cooperative borrowed money from the Rural Electric Administration (REA) - now named Rural Utilities System (RUS) to build lines and is repaying the loans plus interest. The individuals or businesses that are customers of Pointe Coupee Electric are called members.
As of January 1, 2015, there were 7,811 members with a $5.00 membership, 10,453 active accounts (meters) and 1,098 miles of lines.
There are 11 electric cooperatives in Louisiana and over 1,000 within the U.S.
Jimmy Ewing, Jr. is the president of the board. He is one of seven directors. The seven directors of the board are as follows:
- Jimmy Ewing, Jr., President
- Irvin E. Settoon, Sr., Vice-President
- Ralph B. Chustz, Sr., Secretary/Treasurer
- Al Ewing
- George G. LaCour, Jr.
- Peter Rumfola, Jr.
- Alton B. Smith, Sr.
Pointe Coupee Electric typically holds its annual membership meeting on the last Wednesday in January of each year beginning at 12:00 noon. However, in the event that the meeting cannot be held at this time, the membership meeting will be held on a date as determined by the board of directors during the months of January, February, or March within the Parishes of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge or Iberville. The annual membership meeting is provided by law and gives members the opportunity to hear and evaluate reports and to discuss issues pertaining to the operation of the business enterprise they own.
The members elect directors by mail ballots prior to the annual meeting. The candidates are nominated by a nominating committee and by a written petition of 15 members. The cooperative territory is divided into seven districts with one member elected from each district to serve as a director of the board.
Myron A. Lambert is the General Manager. He was selected by the Directors and is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operations of the electric cooperative within the guidelines determined by the board. There are 42 employees that are hired by the manager and they are responsible to him.