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FirstmeterElectricity was common in U.S. cities in the earlyFirststake 1930s, but the countryside was left in the dark. Almost everyone in rural areas was a farmer. They had to pump water by hand; light came from coal oil lamps. Wood or coal stoves heated homes, dish water and food. It was indeed a labor-intensive life.

Despite farmers' pleas, privately owned power companies said serving rural areas would be too costly because the houses were too far apart and farmers would not use much electricity.

Then the Rural Electrification Administration was formed in 1935 to administer a program to encourage rural electrification and to lend low-interest money to any group or company that would undertake the task. Even with the offer of low-interest financing, private companies still would not get involved. Instead, farmers formed cooperatives to do the job themselves.

In this area, organizers started a drive to get electricity in 1937. Hancock-Wood was founded April 20, 1938, and the first lines were electrified in 1939.

Since then, the co-op has grown and membership has become quite diverse. We serve members in 10 counties, spanning across 1,800 miles of line.

View the documented history of Hancock-Wood.

View the 75 Anniversary Event presentation.

We demonstrate our Concern for Community by volunteering and donating to local charitable causes. Nearly $500,000 in grants have been distributed in the last decade through grants and Operation Round Up funds to individuals and organizations in need. We also provide assistance to Habitat for Humanity, schools, churches and community events. To learn more, click on Community Involvement above. learn more

Members benefit from electric service reliability, competitive rates, money after co-op bills are paid in the form of patronage/capital credits, discounts, informative co-op publications, easy-to-access payment plans, rebates, scholarships, family-friendly Member-only events and a vote in the direction of Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op. To learn more, click on Member Benefits above. learn more

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative has granted more than $100,000 in scholarships within the last decade. An additional Power Systems Engineer (PSE) Scholarship has been added to the program. The winner of this scholarship is eligible for paid internship(s) in the co-op’s engineering department. learn more