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First Electric Coronavirus Response - IN THE MATTER OF ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS RELATING TO THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY, DOCKET NO. 20-012-A ORDER N0. 1, outlines the Emergency Order. It’s also available to First Electric members upon request.

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You won’t find high-pressure sales tactics. We’re here to help you make an informed purchase based upon real-world facts and numbers! 

Our strength is our history. We’ve been serving our members in central and southeastern Arkansas since 1937. We’ll be here long after the sale is over!

Our Mission Statement:

"First Electric, improving quality of life"

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Cooperative History

First Electric Cooperative Corporation is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative that was incorporated April 26, 1937, as the first electric cooperative in Arkansas under the direction of the Rural Electrification Act as signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

First Electric energized its first power lines April 15, 1938, near Jacksonville, Ark., with three employees and served 150 members.

Today, First Electric serves more than 96,000 member accounts throughout parts of 18 counties in central and southeast Arkansas. The cooperative's headquarters is located in Jacksonville, Ark., with four full-service offices in Bryant, Heber Springs, Perryville, and Stuttgart, Ark.

First Electric owns and maintains more than 9,994 miles of distribution power lines, over 200,000 power poles and 46 substations. First Electric is the second largest distribution cooperative in Arkansas and one of the 33 largest of the nation's more than 900 electric cooperatives.

The member account base is 93 percent residential, 6 percent commercial and industrial and 1 percent agricultural. First Electric is organized as a not-for-profit business and returns capital credits to members on a recurring basis. With the 2018 capital credit refund of $9.5 million, the total amount refunded to members is now more than $105 million.

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