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Coast Electric hosts Fill A Bucket food drives

Coast Electric Power Association is providing members the opportunity to thank the linemen who serve them by donating food items to Fill A Bucket food drives.

Coast Electric linemen and other employees will be visiting
area Walmart locations in Picayune, Waveland and D’Iberville from 9 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, May 9 to collect food items. Donations in Picayune will go to Manna Ministries, Waveland donations will be delivered to Hancock County Food Pantry and D’Iberville donations will go to the Salvation Army.

As a not-for-profit cooperative, Coast Electric is driven by a set of principles, one of which is showing concern for the community. These food drives will give Coast Electric members the opportunity to be part of the cooperative’s efforts to improve the quality of life in the communities in which we work and live.

Coast Electric Power Association, headquartered in Kiln, serves more than 80,000 meters and 68,000 members in Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River counties. For more information on the cooperative, visit, follow and, or like

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

New renewable energy rate available

Coast Electric announced at its Annual Meeting in November that the company will be offering a new renewable energy program to its members, which will initially be offered in a limited amount. More members will have the ability to take advantage of the renewable energy program as more renewable sources are constructed over the coming…Continue Reading

Coast Electric-sponsored Halloween activities

This Halloween, Coast Electric is making sure all of the little ghouls and goblins in south Mississippi are in for a ton of spooky fun! These events are all free and open to the public. Halloween Safety Presentations at your Local Library Coast Electric has partnered with several local libraries to bring you these fun-filled events…Continue Reading