History

AMEA’s success can be attributed to the strength of its membership and the strength of unified action. There is strength in numbers, and the success of AMEA’s 11 public power utility Members is proof.

In the late 1970s, the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga, Troy, and Tuskegee explored joining together to stabilize wholesale power supply costs and meet other mutual needs.

In 1981, their efforts resulted in passage of the legislation that enabled the cities to jointly create AMEA as a public corporation to provide dependable, economical electric power and other services for the Member cities.

On Sept. 1, 1986, AMEA began providing affordable, reliable power to its Members for power requirements exceeding their Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA) allotments and was, on that date, designated as the Members’ agent with SEPA.

Over the past 36 years, AMEA has served its Members’ public power consumers in Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee by keeping their communities competitive for new and existing customers.

AMEA continues to be strong and vibrant. Anchored by its belief in strategic planning (from the Members up); safeguarded by the oversight of a committed Board of Directors; governed by policies established by the Board; supported by Member involvement via advisory committees; and stimulated by progressive leadership, AMEA will continue to be a tool that its Members can rely on to help contribute to the betterment of their communities.

As it was in the beginning and still remains today, AMEA will stay true to its mission of providing for our Member communities a reliable and economical source of electric power, enabling these 11 cities to preserve and enhance the benefits of municipal ownership for their citizens and the more than 350,000 electric customers they serve. The second facet of AMEA’s mission is to provide its Members products and services that help their efficiency, performance and communities.

AMEA visionaries saw the establishment of the organization as a means to accomplishing much more together than was possible separately. Because of their vision and perseverance, AMEA has become a valued partner in Alabama’s electric utility community.

And because of that vision, Members are committed more than ever to Joint Action as they are benefiting from AMEA’s power supply initiatives, competitive rates, assets, and selected value-added programs and services.