- Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corporation is a rural electric utility cooperative.
- A cooperative is a form of business that is owned by the people who use its services.
- Clarke-Washington EMC serves Clarke and Washington Counties and parts of Wilcox and Monroe Counties.
- Clarke-Washington EMC was the first rural electric cooperative organized in Alabama, and was incorporated on March 2, 1936 in Coffeeville.
- The original incorporators were Joe C. McCorquodale Sr., president; Ben Glover, vice-president; C.R. Myrick, secretary-treasurer; R.S. McNeil; and H.E. Langlois.
- Clarke-Washington EMC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by its members. The board of trustees represents CWEMC. The general manager and his staff handle day-to-day functions of the co-op.
Touchstone Energy Cooperative Facts:
- Touchstone Energy is an alliance of local, consumer owned utilities around the country, committed to providing superior service at affordable rates to all customers, large and small.
- In 1998, Clarke-Washington EMC, along with over 1,000 other electric cooperatives, added the Touchstone Energy name and logo to emphasize our commitment to community and to you, the membership.
- Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corporation and Touchstone Energy cooperative values are: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.
The Seven Cooperative Principles are:
- Open and voluntary membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation including limited return on investment and return of surplus to members
- Cooperative autonomy and independence
- Cooperative education, training and information
- Cooperation among cooperatives and
- Concern for community