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About Jackson Energy Cooperative

JEC History

Serving Southeastern Kentucky Since 1938

Jackson Energy was incorporated as Jackson County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation on July 28, 1938, and has been providing the technology and infrastructure to Southeastern Kentucky for 70 years.

From 380 members in 1939, Jackson Energy has grown with the region it serves. By 1971, there were 21,042 members served by 3,594 miles of electric line. That total doubled again by 1996 to 43,500 members and 5,081 miles of line.

To reflect the growth and development of the co-op and the region, the name of the company was changed to Jackson Energy Cooperative in June 1997. In March 1998, Jackson Energy was among the first cooperatives in the country to become a Touchstone Energy Partner, a national branding program promoting local electric cooperatives. Today, the cooperative serves over 51,000 members.


President and Directors:


President & CEO

Carol Wright serves as President & CEO of Jackson Energy. She has held this position since 2013.


Board of Directors

Jackson Energy is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors who are elected by co-op members at the Annual Meeting. The directors set the policies that govern the day-to-day operations of Jackson Energy and also hire the President & CEO.

District 1 Eastern Jackson County
Director Gordon Phillips

District 2 - Western Jackson County
Director Jim Hays III

District 3 Northern Laurel County
Director Steve Patton, Jr.

District 4 Estill & Powell Counties
Director Teresa Dawes

District 5 - Rockcastle, Lincoln, Garrard, Pulaski & Madison Counties
Board Chairman & Director Phillip Thompson

District 6 - Clay & Leslie Counties
Board Vice Chairman & Director Landis Cornett

District 7 - Owsley & Breathitt Counties
Tim Bobrowski

District 8 - Lee & Wolfe Counties
Director Ted Cundiff

District 9 - Southern Laurel County
Board Secretary-Treasurer & Director Keith Binder



Jackson Energy offices are open Monday thru Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm;   We are closed weekends and most major holidays.   Our toll free number is 800-262-7480, or our main line is 606-364-1000.   Our emergency dispatch center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for outages or emergency situations.



In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1) mail:     U.S. Department of Agriculture

                   Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

                   1400 Independence Avenue, SW

                   Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2) fax:        (202) 690-7442; or


(3) email:


Jackson Energy Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.