Sawnee EMC 85th Anniversary

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(CUMMING, GA) – July 16, 2023 will mark Sawnee EMC’s 85th Anniversary. Established in 1938, Sawnee EMC, then Forsyth County Electric Cooperative, was created as community leaders joined together to bring electricity to what was a very rural area without power.  

With its humble beginnings as a small electric cooperative serving approximately 750 members along 163 miles of distribution line, Sawnee EMC has evolved into what it is today, a modern, technology driven electric utility with more than 370 employees serving over 172,600 member-owners over 12,100 miles of distribution lines throughout a seven-county service area in north Georgia.  Today, Sawnee EMC is the 3rd largest electric cooperative in the state of Georgia and the 8th largest in the United States.
With a relentless commitment to providing a “world class” customer service experience, Sawnee EMC stands well positioned to provide reliable and responsibly sourced electricity to its member-owners for years to come and is prepared to meet the diverse electricity needs of the future for a rapidly growing service area.  

Sawnee EMC’s advanced, 21st century distribution system coupled with its forward-thinking Board of Directors and professional staff, are committed to delivering reliable, safe and affordable electricity, while having rates which are among the lowest in the state.  

Reflecting on the history of Sawnee EMC, Michael Goodroe, President and CEO, stated “Sawnee EMC’s long and rich history is grounded in the communities we serve and while technology and times have changed, our core principles of being good stewards of our members assets remain the same. We are an electric membership corporation focused on the varied energy needs of the members we serve.”  He further stated, “It is with great pride that I know when our staff walks through the doors of Sawnee EMC each day their sole mission is to serve the needs of our members with care and distinction. We are proud to be our member’s trusted energy advisor.”         

With services and programs ranging from marketing natural gas, to targeted energy efficiency member solutions, to energy conservation rebates and virtual solar energy, Sawnee EMC member-owners can rest assured that they are part of one of the best electric co-ops in the nation.

While much has changed at Sawnee EMC in its 85-year history, it remains a shining example of commitment to quality and a trusted energy partner that its members can depend on.  

To learn more about Sawnee EMC please visit its web site at  Member-owners can interact with Sawnee EMC on Facebook and Twitter as well as receive prompt, knowledgeable customer service by phone at 770-887-2363, text 678-999-8124, chat at or through its app, available by searching “Sawnee EMC” in Google Play or the App Store.

About Sawnee EMC

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation, a three-time J.D. Power recipient for best in customer satisfaction, is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 195,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $881 million, with energy sales of 3.7 billion kWh and annual revenue of $441 million. With a team of approximately 360 dedicated professionals and over 12,006 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.