New ODEC Board elected

New ODEC Board Officers – Pictured here are the newly elected officers for the Board of Directors for ODEC, a Glen Allen based Generation and Transmission Cooperative with over $2 billion in assets. They are (left to right) Jeff Edwards - Secretary, Kent Farmer – Chairman, and John Lee – Vice Chairman. Their three-year terms will run through 2022.

MEC’s Lee Elected Vice Chair of ODEC Board of Directors

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) and EMPOWER Broadband, Inc. President and CEO John Lee has been elected to serve as vice chairman of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s (ODEC) Board of Directors. The new officers were elected at the Generation and Transmission Cooperative’s annual membership meeting held in Williamsburg, VA on July 30, 2019.

Kent Farmer, President and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, was elected to serve as chairman of the board; Lee was elected to serve as vice chair, and Southside Electric Cooperative President and CEO Jeff Edwards was chosen for the secretary/treasurer position. These officers will serve in those positions for the next three years through 2022.

Our newly elected officers reflect the outstanding leadership that is present on our board of directors. I’m confident their guidance will ensure that ODEC remains a standard bearer of the cooperative business model,” said Marcus Harris, ODEC’s President and CEO.

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) is a generation-and-transmission cooperative that provides wholesale power to 11-member electric distribution cooperatives, including MEC, in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. ODEC, which now boasts over $2 billion in assets, is wholly owned by MEC and 10 other Members. Among its Virginia assets are 50% of the Clover Power Station (coal) in Halifax County, 11.6% of the North Anna Nuclear Station in Louisa County, and two natural gas-powered peaking stations: Marsh Run Power Station in Fauquier County and Louisa Power Station also in Louisa County. ODEC also wholly owns Wildcat Point Power Station, a combined cycle natural gas generation facility in Rising Sun, MD.

“I was an employee at ODEC for 16 years and it’s the place where I got the opportunity to join the cooperative family, so I’ve come full circle and I am really honored to have been elected by my peers to serve as a Board officer there, it’s a strong and well-run organization,” Lee stated, adding “ODEC is a nationally acclaimed and accomplished organization that very capably provides reliable, affordable and environmentally sensitive power to MEC for distribution to our Members…power generated from a wide variety of sources including wind, solar, nuclear, coal, natural gas, landfill gas and hydro; it’s diversified power portfolio is indicative of its contemporary and progressive approach to meeting its members power supply needs, and its continued success is critical to my cooperative’s ability to provide electric service our Members can count on and at prices they can afford.”

ODEC’s 11 member/owners include: in Virginia, A&N Electric Cooperative, BARC Electric Cooperative, Community Electric Cooperative, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, Prince George Electric Cooperative, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, and Southside Electric Cooperative; in Maryland, Choptank Electric Cooperative; and in Delaware, Delaware Electric Cooperative.

About MEC:

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit energy provider to over 33,000 meters located in portions of the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex and the North Carolina counties of Granville, Person, Northampton, Vance and Warren. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Gretna, Emporia and Chase City. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, please visit


EMPOWER Broadband, Inc., is a subsidiary of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) incorporated on January 30, 2019. Through a growing network of fiber optic cable, EMPOWER offers middle mile capacity and retail high-speed internet service to MEC members in Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina. EMPOWER Broadband, a for-profit business, is headquartered in Chase City, Virginia, and is governed by an 11-member board of directors. For more information, please visit

About ODEC:

Headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia, ODEC is a not-for-profit, member-owned, power supply cooperative. It supplies the wholesale power requirements of its 11 member electric distribution cooperatives, which provide reliable, affordable electricity to 1.4 million people in 70 counties in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Learn more at