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Coast Electric names Ron Barnes new President and CEO

About Ron Barnes
Ron Barnes has been named the President and CEO of Coast Electric Power Association, headquartered in Hancock County. Barnes will lead the cooperative that serves 80,000 meters in Pearl River, Hancock and Harrison counties.

While Barnes will be new to the role, he is no stranger to Coast Electric members or Gulf Coast residents. For the past 21 years, he has served as the company’s Vice President of Marketing, Member Services and Public Relations. Barnes is also an active leader in the community and has served in such positions as Gulf Coast Community Foundation board chairman, Gulf Coast Chamber board member, Leadership Gulf Coast board chairman and United Way of South Mississippi board chairman, among many others.

If you ask Barnes what motivates him to lead, he will never mention trophies or awards, even though he has quite a few. Instead, he will talk to you about service to others and his desire to make the quality of life better for his fellow south Mississippians. Some of the accolades Barnes has received include being inducted into the Roland Weeks Community Leaders Hall of Fame, being named a Top 10 Business Leader under 40 and receiving our country’s Gold Medal Presidential Volunteer Service Award. He is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and is an active alumnus as well as being a leader at Heritage United Methodist Church.

Ron and his wife, Angel, have four children – Amy, Hayley, Emily and Taylor.

Leading Coast Electric
As the leader of Coast Electric, Barnes wants to continue to uphold the cooperative values that guide operations at Coast Electric. “I think our leaders have laid a strong foundation for the past 80 years and I want to build on that,” Barnes said. Moving forward, Barnes detailed his priorities, which include:

  • Providing reliable and affordable electric service
  • Having highly-trained, professional and friendly employees to serve members and to be responsive to member needs.
  • Improving the quality of life in our communities – through economic development, by giving back to residents through volunteerism and through environmental stewardship.
  • Fostering an environment of open communication with members and to encourage member participation in their cooperative.

“After many interviews with potential candidates Ron Barnes exhibited that he is a great communicator and a natural leader,” said Coast Electric Board President Gil Arceneaux. “He is well poised to take Coast Electric to the next level and beyond.”

This brief video details Barnes’ vision for the future.


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Take action to support legislation that could impact your electric bill

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Scam alert

Coast Electric members are being cautioned after the company received word from members in the Saucier area that someone is posing as an employee of the cooperative to try to gain access to residents’ homes. The person is saying they need to inspect the breaker box inside of the home. Coast Electric members should know:…Continue Reading

Scam targets elderly members

Coast Electric has been made aware that there is a new scam targeting elderly members, stating that there is a contest for Coast Electric members. Scammers are asking for identification and tax documents. Coast Electric is NOT sponsoring this contest. You should never share personal financial information with anyone. If you receive a call asking…Continue Reading

Early capital credit retirement program gives options to members with inactive accounts

More than 62,000 Coast Electric members received capital credit checks from Coast Electric in December. As a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative, Coast Electric is owned by those it serves. One of the benefits of being a co-op member is that any profit made by the association is allocated back to members on a patronage basis…Continue Reading

Coast Electric announces more than $4 million in capital credits for members

Coast Electric Power Association Board President James Ginn announced at the cooperative’s annual meeting on Nov. 6, that the company will retire $4,006,525 in capital credits, the largest retirement in company history, to its member-owners. Checks will be mailed to 69,703 eligible current and former members on Friday, Dec. 5. What are capital credit refunds?…Continue Reading