The Story of Our Past is an Understanding of Our Future.

Although things have changed quite a bit since 1939, our purpose has not. We are still owned by the people we serve. All margins are still returned to the membership, making our intentions just as pure today as they were in 1939; to serve in the best interests of our membership and our community.


Cooperative Principles

Mission Statement:

To meet or exceed the expectations of our customers by:

  • Being proactive in our approach to business
  • Providing excellent service through quality products, competitive pricing, effective work practices, and skilled, motivated and effective employees
  • Assuring an organizational culture that reflects our core values
  • Partnering with our communities to improve the quality of life

Core Values

Competence Integrity Respect Caring Responsibility Productivity Safety Teamwork Innovation Ethical Behavior Community

“Organized for the People, Owned by the People.”

Laurens Electric Cooperative is a member-owned rural electric cooperative in Upstate South Carolina. It was organized in May of 1939 by a group of citizens who were concerned that rural families were not receiving electricity because the power companies could not operate with a profit serving sparsely populated areas.

They sought to solve this problem by organizing their own non-profit institute with a goal of service to all people, regardless of class or creed. It was out of this effort that Laurens Electric Cooperative was born.

Laurens Electric Cooperative operates today with the same goals in mind. As a member of this cooperative, you belong to a unique organization. By being a member, you are part owner and you share in all profits above operating cost. These profits are returned each year in the form of capital credits.

Take pride in your membership and exercise your right of participation by attending your annual membership meeting which is held the first Saturday in June. This meeting is held to provide you with information on the operation and condition of your business, and to elect trustees.

Laurens Electric Cooperative serves more than 61,000 consumers in Laurens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Abbeville, Newberry, and Union counties.

Logos Through the Years

Board of Directors

Charles Adair
Chairman of the Board

Bill Hendrix
Vice Chairman

Mitchell Powers

Joe Nicholson
District 1

Bill Hendrix
District 2

Jim L. Perry IV
District 3

Charles Adair
District 4

Willie Belle Blakely
District 5

Eddie Abrams
District 6

Marcus E. Cook
District 7

Reid Fisher
District 8

Mitchell Powers
District 9