History of Nolin RECC

Nolin RECC delivers core values that our members have come to rely on since we were first incorporated in 1938. We believe that the best way to manage tomorrow's change is to remember the values of the past, values like honesty, integrity, dedication, commitment, and community. In the early 1900’s, investor-owned utilities didn't think country folk would ever use enough electricity for them to be able to make a profit from stringing lines to households beyond the city limits. But the people in small towns and rural communities could envision the value of bringing light to the countryside. They banded together and came up with a number of innovations to get electricity: new engineering of distribution lines, government loan programs, organizing the local utilities as cooperative corporations, and most of all, sharing resources with each other for the good of their communities.

1935-05-11 00:00:00

REA established

In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) to help rural communities get connected to electric power. In 1936, the Rural Electrification Act passed by Congress made money available for this effort.

1936-05-20 00:00:00

Rural areas need electricity!

By the 1930’s, most American cities had the benefit of electricity. This was not the case for rural America. The cost of running expensive lines to less densely populated farming communities kept utilities from expanding in these areas.

1938-07-20 00:00:00

The foundations are laid...

In 1938, residents in Hardin and LaRue counties began their own local campaign to bring electricity to what is now the Nolin RECC service area. A cooperative model was adopted and local farmers were the first members.

1939-07-01 00:00:00


On July 1, 1939, the first section of Nolin RECC line was energized. A celebration was held at the Hodgenville Fairgrounds.

1940-01-08 00:00:00

Nolin RECC members first meeting!

On January 8, 1940, the first Annual Meeting of Nolin RECC members was held.

1941-07-07 00:00:00

East Kentucky Power Cooperative

East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the state’s first generation and transmission cooperative, was formed in 1941. As a distribution co-op, Nolin RECC gets power for our members from East Kentucky.

1945-12-01 00:00:00

James Lyons named Manager

James Lyons is named Manager of Nolin RECC. Previous managers were W.R. Crawley (1938-39), Frank Hagan (1939-1943), C.D. Thompson (1943-1945) and T.A. Heywood (1945)

1950-06-02 00:00:00

Miss Nolin RECC

The first “Miss Nolin RECC” Pageant was held in 1950 as part of the Annual Meeting.

1957-05-15 00:00:00

Early Nolin RECC offices

Early Nolin RECC offices were located in the basement of the former Joplin Hotel on South Main Street and at 106 West Dixie Avenue, both in Elizabethtown. In 1957, the facility was built at 612 East Dixie in Elizabethtown where the Nolin RECC office remained for nearly 40 years.

1958-02-02 00:00:00

Clem Tharp named Manager

Clem Tharp is named Manager of Nolin RECC

1972-01-03 13:29:25

Washington Youth Tour

In 1972, Nolin RECC began selecting local youth to attend the “Washington Youth Tour.”

1981-07-09 00:00:00

Jack Kargle named Manager

Jack Kargle is named Manager of Nolin RECC

1988-12-01 00:00:00

19,000 members

By 1988, Nolin RECC served over 19,000 residential members.

1991-09-25 00:00:00

Mickey Miller named President

Mickey Miller is named President and CEO of Nolin RECC.

1992-03-01 01:22:24

New logo is introduced

New Nolin RECC logo is introduced.

1996-01-05 00:00:00

Partnership with Fort Knox

Nolin enters Energy Management partnership with Fort Knox.

1996-04-05 00:00:00

411 Ring Road

In April 1996, construction began on the current office building located at 411 Ring Road in Elizabethtown.

1998-06-01 00:00:00

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is founded as a national brand

2004-06-06 00:00:00

Final Miss Nolin RECC pageant

Final Miss Nolin RECC pageant is held.

2010-09-17 00:00:00

Honor Flight for local veterans

Nolin RECC joined other Touchstone Energy Cooperatives in sponsoring the Honor Flight for local veterans.

2018-06-26 00:00:00

PEER Gold Certification

Nolin RECC is recognized as the first cooperative in the nation to meet requirements for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) Gold Certification

2019-01-04 00:00:00

Greg Lee named President and CEO

Greg Lee begins as President and CEO of Nolin RECC

2020-06-01 00:00:00

New logo is introduced

New Nolin logo is introduced.

2021-04-06 02:34:19

Nolin opens new subsidiary

Wide Open Utility Service is a wholly owned subsidiary created by Nolin RECC to meet vegetation management, fleet mechanic and other utility services needs to help Nolin serve its members.

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