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Coast Electric needs 20 member volunteers to participate in Nest thermostat pilot project

Coast Electric is participating in a Nest Thermostat pilot project in conjunction with our generation and transmission cooperative, Cooperative Energy.

Nest thermostats learn behaviors of homeowners and work to lead homeowners to increased efficiency and savings on power bills. This pilot program will study the savings and benefits of the Nest thermostat with co-op members.

Coast Electric needs 20 qualified members to participate in this free pilot program. The homes must have:

  • An electric heat pump for heating and cooling
  • No secondary heat source, other than a fireplace
  • No pool
  • 2-5 occupants
  • Been occupied for at least one year
  • Can be new home or a home built post-Katrina
  • Access to wifi

View a full list of requirements

Due to the limited amount of control homes, members who qualify for the program will receive a notice from your Residential Energy Representative to set up a time for a home inspection.

If you would like to participate in this program, please fill out this Nest pilot program eligibility form this Nest pilot program eligibility form and send it to the Residential Energy Representative in your county:

Harrison County: Tyler Green (
Hancock County: Phillippe Michel (
Pearl River County: Scott White (

Deadline to submit your name for consideration is Friday, August 25. Applications will be considered on a first come, first qualified basis. 

Coast Electric responds to TS Cindy

As rain and rising waters associated with Tropical Storm Cindy affect Coast Electric Power Association’s service area, employees are responding to electrical outages caused by the storm. Crews restored service overnight to members in Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River counties overnight who experienced outages. Most of those were caused by trees falling onto lines. The…Continue Reading

SCAM Alert

Coast Electric members have been reporting scam calls this week. Most of the reports are coming from business owners. Members are reporting that they are being told they owe money or will be disconnected. No member who has alerted Coast Electric has actually made payment to the callers. How can you spot a scam? Coast…Continue Reading

Coast Electric CEO Bob Occhi retiring after 40+ years of service to cooperative and its members

Robert J. “Bob” Occhi will complete a 42-year electric cooperative career when he retires in March 2017, as President and CEO of Coast Electric Power Association. During his distinguished career, Occhi has been a strong advocate for electric cooperatives at the state and national levels. He became a well-recognized champion for electric cooperatives. Occhi recently…Continue Reading

Coast Electric CEO Bob Occhi receives award from National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Coast Electric Power Association President and CEO Bob Occhi was honored recently by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) with a Regional Award for Outstanding Service. Occhi was recognized at NRECA’s Regional Meeting in South Carolina that brought together leaders from cooperatives in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. He was…Continue Reading

Coast Electric announces more than $4.6 million in capital credits for members

Coast Electric Power Association Board Chairman Gil Arceneaux announced recently that the cooperative will retire $4,600,891 in capital credits to its members, which is the largest retirement in company history. Checks will be mailed to eligible current and former members on Friday, Dec. 2. Members who have questions about their accounts can call 877-769-2372 for…Continue Reading