MEAG PowerPublic Power electric systems first appeared in the United States more than 100 years ago when communities created electric utilities to provide light and power to their citizens. The first use of electricity in many communities was to provide street lighting at night. Although electricity in homes and businesses was first seen as a luxury, it soon came to be enjoyed by all.

Throughout the end of the 1800's and the first decade of the 1900's, the number of utilities, both public and private, grew rapidly. By the 1920's, the public and private sectors of the industry each had more than 3,000 utilities. Now there are about 260 private utilities that serve 76% of all customers and about 940 rural electric cooperatives that serve 10% of electricity customers, as well as the 2,000 public power systems serving 14% of all customers.

Today, through regional organizations formed by individual utilities, public power systems jointly pool resources to build or finance generation and transmission systems and share other services. By bringing together the purchasing power of several utilities, joint action agencies achieve efficient use of resources. Our joint action agency is MEAG Power. MEAG Power is a public generation and transmission corporation providing power to 49 Georgia communities that in turn bring energy to almost three-quarters of a million citizens.