10:05 AM

Perspective: Powering the Future

Let me ask: Do you remember where you were on Y2K?

I may be showing my age here, but I bet that you were watching what would happen at midnight that night. As for me, I was in a control room monitoring what, if anything, could happen to our system’s operations that particular evening. Why? Because, at the time, there were widespread concerns that computers and other electronics would suddenly crash during the transition from the year 1999 to the year 2000. There were fears that equipment would fail, communication networks would crash, and there could even be civil unrest.

Fortunately, none of that happened. Y2K really was, well, a non-event.

Think about the revolutionary changes since January 1, 2000 that have occurred in our lives. Thanks to smartphones, we now have mini computers in our pockets that keep us connected to the world. Devices with GPS allow us to get anywhere without reading a map. And 3D printing is starting to produce some really cool things – everything from medical devices to entire houses.

I wonder if even a hint of these things were on the minds of those folks who first began to bring electricity to their community. Back when Jackson EMC was chartered on June 27, 1938, local leaders, farmers and neighbors had rallied to establish the electric cooperative using loans from an agency created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eighty years ago, electricity allowed people to experience their world in new ways, like listening to the radio and studying by light at night.

In the eight decades since Jackson EMC was established, we have remained focused on the needs of our member owners, like you. The recent advancements in self-healing power grids and battery storage of renewable energy sources signal a new age in providing you with affordable, reliable electricity. We also recognize the rise of electric vehicles and automated homes means you depend even more on reliable energy.

If I had a crystal ball, I’d say within the next 20 years, driving an electric vehicle in the United States will become more of the norm than the exception. Just think: Y2K was 18 years ago. Did you think back then you’d have a computer (a smartphone) in your pocket? Probably not.

The future of electricity creates some incredible possibilities to collaborate and better serve you. As technology advances, we look forward to partnering with our members in new ways.

Have some thoughts on the future of electricity and how we can better serve you? Send me an email at [email protected]