Choptank Electric Cooperative

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Choptank Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Industry Electric Utility
Founded 1938
Headquarters Denton, Maryland, USA
Products Electricity
Number of employees

Choptank Electric Cooperative Incorporated is a not-for-profit energy organization formed on September 21, 1938. Its first electric distribution lines were energized in December 1939 in Caroline County, Maryland. The cooperative was instrumental in the effort to provide electric power to the rural areas of Maryland's Eastern Shore.[1]

Choptank Electric Cooperative is owned by its members, who each have one vote in deciding which co-op members will serve on the board of directors. They serve more than 52,000 members in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore. This 70 by 140 mile territory contains almost 6,200 miles of distribution lines.[2] In 2001, they were ranked the 11th largest energy company in the state of Maryland.[3]

Choptank Electric, with headquarters in Denton, Maryland, is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative and a member of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, a generation and transmission cooperative.


  1. ^ "Co-op Born of Necessity 25 years ago". The Salisbury Times. May 10, 1960. 
  2. ^ Choptank Electric (2009). "Choptank Electric - About Us". Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Largest energy companies doing business in Maryland". Baltimore Business Journal. 2001-02-09.