About FBEMC

Your Electric Cooperative

Service Area

MEMBER RESOURCES:

Member Packet
Rates & Fees
Capital Credits
Member Application
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

What is an Electric Cooperative?

Rural Electricity: After the Great Depression, private electric power companies were not interested in building power lines to offer electrical service to the rural communities because it was not economical. So, rural communities banded together to form Electric Coops…

Coop Timeline:

The ‘Rural Electrification Act’ was passed, which offered below-market interest rates to private companies to begin rural electrification systems, but the private companies still were not interested.

The Rural Electrification Act was amended, which allowed private citizens to borrow federal government monies to build, own and operate a distribution system as a non-profit organization, which could purchase power wholesale. This resulted in the development of the Rural Electrification Administration, which staffed employees to develop engineering specifications and accounting specifications, as well as train people to run and operate rural electric organizations.

This idea of rural electrification took off across the country, until WWII. Progress was halted due to money and materials being used for the war.

In the early 1950’s until 1965, the private power companies realized that they had made a big mistake. During this time period, rural electric companies would build a line and private companies would build a line, and on and on. This resulted in a constant battle over which territory belonged to which company.

The Fence Act was passed. This Act prohibited the Tennessee Valley Authority from selling power to consumers outside their noted boundaries, as of July 1, 1957.

The Territorial Act was passed, which gave territorial assignments. Power companies could not build lines unless it was their ‘territory’. This Act is still in existence today.

Our History: French Broad EMC was formed in 1939 by community members determined to provide electrical service to the under-served rural areas in Madison County. We now have 22 substations, serving nearly 40,000 accounts for members in four counties in Western North Carolina and two in Eastern Tennessee.

Meet Your Co-op Board Of Directors

French Broad EMC is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors. The Cooperative’s service territory is divided into five districts, each of which is represented by members from that district who are elected to serve on the Board.

District 1:

Madison County

President

Secretary

Assistant Treasurer

District 2:

Buncombe County

Treasurer

District 3:

Yancey County

Vice President
Director

Assistant Secretary

District 4:

Mitchell County

District 5:

Unicoi County

Director

Three Local Offices to Serve You:

Marshall Office

3043 Highway 213

Marshall, NC, 28754

  • P.O. Box 9, Marshall, NC, 28753

  • 828.649.2051

  • 828.649.2989 (fax)

Burnsville Office

650 West Main Street

Burnsville, NC, 28714

  • P.O. Box 307, Burnsville, NC, 28714

  • 828.682.6121

  • 828.682.7959 (fax)

Bakersville Office

381 Crimson Laurel Way

Bakersville, NC, 28705

  • P.O. Box 43, Bakersville, NC, 28705

  • 828.682.6121

  • 828.682.7959 (fax)

MORE INFO

Rates & Fees

Application forms for membership programs & details about electric service rates/fees.

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Outage Info

What to expect in the case of a power outage.

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Electrical Safety

A few things you can check in your home today to increase electrical safety

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OFFICE HOURS

8:00am – 4:30pm

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MARSHALL PHONE

828.649.2051

WORKING HOURS

8:00am – 4:30pm

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MARSHALL PHONE

828.649.2051