The rich history of rural electric cooperatives dates back to May 11, 1935 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an Executive Order making federal funds available to bring electricity to rural communities. The Rural Electrification Administration (REA) was created, and in 1937, the REA drafted the Electric Cooperative Corporation Act, a law permitting states to create and operate not-for-profit, member-owned distribution electric cooperatives. The same year, Carroll County REMC was formed, and in 1939, White County REMC was created.
For over 70 years, these two proud cooperatives provided electric service to their respective rural areas, through good times and challenging times. Through wars, recessions, an oil crisis and a gas shortage, these REMC’s worked hand-in-hand with their members to supply dependable, affordable electricity.
After the turn of the new century, both cooperatives felt pressures placed on them by rising costs for raw materials and the cost of purchased power. The neighboring cooperatives chose a progressive approach to becoming more efficient by combining resources and consolidating. On January 1, 2012, Carroll White REMC began operation.
Today, Carroll White REMC is an innovative and creative electric cooperative serving nearly 16,000 meters in over nine (9) counties. Carroll White has just over 2,250 miles of electric distribution line in north central Indiana.