Of the twenty-three (23) cooperatives only a little more than half, twelve (12) in fact, were transparent enough to allow data to be assembled on governance. Of those twelve (12) there were only two (2) African- American board members in the state of the one hundred and twenty-three (123) recorded in these cooperatives. The
state population is 78.7% white, 17.1% black, and 5.0% Hispanic.
The cooperative elected leadership is 98.4% white, 1.6% black, and
0.0% Hispanic. 48.7% of the state are men and 92.2% of the elected
coop board members are men, while 51.3% of the state are women
accounting for 7.6% of the board members.
Appalachian Electric Cooperative
Caney Fork Electric Cooperative Inc.
Chickasaw Electric Cooperative
Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation
Forked Deer Electric Cooperative
Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative
Gibson Electric Membership Corporation
Holston Electric Cooperative
Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation
Mountain Electric Cooperative Inc.
Pickwick Electric Cooperative
Plateau Electric Cooperative
Powell Valley Electric Cooperative
Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative
Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation
Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association
Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative
Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation
Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation
Volunteer Energy Cooperative
In Mississippi 37.5% of the state is African-American. Of the twenty-six (26) cooperatives only half (50%) of them or thirteen (13) supplied fully transparent information. Of the ninety-six (96%) board members where there is certainty, only two (2) or 2.6% are African-American. 93.8% of the board members are men, while 6.2% are women in a state where women outnumber men by 51.4% to 48.6%.
Alcorn County Electric
North Central Electric Power
North East Mississippi
Pearl River Valley
South Mississippi EPA
Twin County Electric Power Association
Louisiana is a state where we have full information on all of the listed rural electric cooperatives but these are available partially because of transparency on the part of the cooperatives, but fully available because in 2013 in a celebration of an anniversary for the statewide cooperative association, industry suppliers and contractors generously subscribed to an ad book that featured all of the names and photographs of all of the board members for cooperatives at that time. There were only two (2) board member changes in the cooperatives that had not furnished pictures on their own documents, and both were residents of communities where the
population was over 90% white, leading to a high degree of certainty that they are white as well.
In a state where 32.5% of the population is African-American according to 2014 US Census estimates and only 63.4% are white, there is only one (1) African-American board member elected in the state. 93.8% of the elected board members are men compared to the statewide male population of 48.9% Women are in the majority in
Louisiana at 51.1%, but they make up only 8.3% of the cooperative board positions.
Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives
Claiborne Electric Coop
Northeast Louisiana Electric Power Cooperative
Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative
Pointe Coupee Electric
South Louisiana Electric
Washington-St. Tammany Electric