History

REC Celebrates 75 Years

For over 75 years, REC has embraced the power to bring communities together. It started with people, just like you, who set out on a mission decades ago to bring power to our communities. Your electric Cooperative was built on a foundation of caring, service, integrity, and respect by its two founding cooperatives, Virginia Electric Cooperative (VEC) and Northern Piedmont Electric Cooperative (NPEC). A lot has changed at REC in 75 years, but a lot remains the same.

REC continues its legacy today as an industry leader that has grown to serve portions of over 22 counties in Virginia. REC exists to enhance the lives of its members by providing reliable, affordable electric service and by playing an active role in enhancing the social and economic well-being of the communities it serves. The employees at REC work every day to improve reliability, provide outstanding customer service, and bring new technology, programs and services to enhance member's lives. These efforts will help REC power its communities for the next 75 years.

REC History Timeline

2013
REC celebrates 75 years - the power to bring communities together. The Cooperative serves over 157,000 connections across 16,000 miles of power lines in portions of 22 counties.

2010
June 1
REC becomes the largest electric cooperative and the third largest utility in Virginia after acquiring 51,000 new members from the former Virginia based investor-owned utility Allegheny Power. Read more about the acquisition here.

2009
October
REC is selected as one of 100 utilities in the country to receive a United States Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant to begin REC's Smart Grid Initiative.

2007
The newly constructed Louisa Service Center opens to serve the growing area, and REC surpasses the 100,000 member-owner mark.

1983
October
REC's general offices move into their new building in Spotsylvania County.

1980
January
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) formed after the consolidation of VEC and NPEC.

1939
April 22
NPEC energizes its first REA-financed line in Brightwood.

1938
August 24
Northern Piedmont Electric Cooperative (NPEC) formed at a meeting in the Town of Culpeper.

June
Farmers Rural Utilities reorganizes into Virginia Electric Cooperative (VEC).

1936
August 8
Farmers Rural Utilities energizes the first REA-financed line in Virginia and on the East Coast, serving 73 member-owners.

March
The Virginia General Assembly approves the Electric Cooperative Act.

1935
November 29
Farmers Rural Utilities organized as Virginia's first non-profit utility corporation.

May 11
Executive Order No. 7037 creates Rural Electrification Administration (REA) to make funds available for rural electric service.