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About Clay

Clay Electric Cooperative is an incorporated, member-owned, not-for-profit electric power supplier, democratically organized and controlled by those it serves. Formally organized in 1937, the co-op has traditionally been known for its excellent service. The co-op is also a Touchstone Energy cooperative- a national alliance of local, member-owned electric cooperatives committed to high standards of service. Headquartered in Keystone Heights, Florida, the electric co-op is one of the largest in the United States. There are six district offices (Keystone Heights, Orange Park, Lake City, Gainesville, Salt Springs and Palatka).

Richard K. (Ricky) Davis is Clay Electric's GM/CEO

The service area is divided into nine trustee districts with one member representing each district on the cooperative’s board of trustees. Members are elected to the board at the co-op’s annual meeting; the next meeting will be held in March or April of 2015. Serving on the board are: Carl Hagglund of Keystone Heights, District 1; Kelley Smith (Secretary) of Palatka, District 2; Susan Reeves of Hawthorne, District 3; Carl Malphurs (President) of Alachua, District 4; Dewitt Hersey (Treasurer) of Starke, District 5; Jimmy Wilson of Middleburg, District 6; John Henry Whitehead of Lake Butler, District 7; Jo Ann Smith of Micanopy, District 8; and Angus Hastings (Vice President) of Fort McCoy, District 9.

Mission Statement
To exceed the expectations of our members by providing excellent customer service and reliable electric service at competitive rates while maintaining the financial stability of the cooperative.

Vision Statement
To be recognized as an innovative and proactive cooperative, meeting the competitive, political, regulatory, economic and technological challenges within the changing utility industry.

Clay Electric Cooperative Bylaws
Trustee District Map & Description

More facts about Clay Electric:

  • The co-op has approximately 165,000 member-owners and its service area stretches into 14 North Florida counties (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Flagler, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee, Union and Volusia). The co-op has more than 12,900 miles of distribution and transmission lines.
  • The co-op's Average Service Availability Index is an excellent 99.95 percent.
  • As a not-for-profit company, the co-op provides service at cost. Its rates are among the most competitive in Florida, and margins (referred to as Capital Credits) are refunded to its member-owners. A $5 million refund was declared in January 2014.
  • For rate information, access Summary of Rate Schedules (PDF) or the complete Rate Schedules (PDF) (as on file with the Florida Public Service Commission). Call the nearest Clay Electric district office for the current month's power cost adjustment.
  • Annual Revenues were $337 million in 2012. Total Assets: $524 million as of Dec. 31, 2012. Annual Energy Sales were 3.0 billion kWh in 2012. Clay Electric's summer peak demand of approximately 765 megawatts was set on August 7, 2007. Clay Electric's winter peak demand of 970 megawatts was set on January 11, 2010.
  • The co-op employs about 400 professionals in a variety of jobs. Their average length of service is about 15 years.
  • Residential services include such programs as Payment Stations provided by Fidelity Express, Electronic Funds Transfer, Average Billing and a Seniors Payment Plan.
  • Business services include special rate plans and back-up diesel generation. Contact the Business & Economic Development Team for details.
  • The co-op's power supply provided by Seminole Electric Cooperative, owned by Clay Electric and nine other electric cooperatives. Seminole operates a 1300 megawatt coal-fired plant near Palatka, a 500 megawatt combined cycle generating facility and 310 megawatts of peaking capacity. The coal-fired plant features state of the art environmental controls. The combined cycle generating facility (the Richard J Midulla generating facility) is located in Hardee County and began commercial operation on January 1, 2002. The 310 megawatts of peaking capacity, consisting of five combustion turbine generating units, went into service on December 1, 2006.
  • All About Clay Electric brochure

Photo: Richard J Midulla generating facility, Hardee County.