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DEMCO purchased Greensburg Utilities and began service to St. Helena Parish.
Service was extended to Ascension Parish.
Service was extended to East Feliciana and Tangipahoa Parishes.
DEMCO opened a new headquarters facility at 9550 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.
Hurricane Audrey slammed into the Louisiana coast, causing millions of dollars in damage and claiming 425 lives.
Hurricane Betsy plunged approximately 60,000 farms, homes and businesses into total darkness for several days. Damage to DEMCO's electric system exceeded $500,000. Every line of DEMCO's 2,800-mile system was out.
Approximately 12,000 DEMCO members lost power due to Hurricane Carmen's 100+ miles per hour winds.
Branch offices in Denham Springs and Zachary were opened.
DEMCO installed and implemented a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
DEMCO began the Rural Electric Youth Tour program in Louisiana.
Branch offices in Ascension Parish and St. Francisville were opened, ranking DEMCO among the top six fastest growing Rural Electric Cooperatives in America. At the time, DEMCO served 36,000 members in seven parishes.
The Energy Resources Conservation (ERC) Loan Program began. Owners of private, single-family residences were allowed to apply for loans up to $3,000 to make energy improvements to their homes. The loans bore an interest rate of five percent.
Meter reading and cycle billing programs began.
DEMCO's Load Management Program was implemented.
DEMCO's Automated Outage Reporting System (ORS) was implemented.
Livingston District Office was opened.
Hurricane Andrew, with winds up to 150 miles per hour, caused nearly $2.5 million in damage to DEMCO's system.
DEMCO's wholesale power supplier, Cajun Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., filed a petition to reorganize its debts and seek protection under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code.
DEMCO's East Feliciana Service Center opened.
DEMCO celebrated its 60-year anniversary.
A global settlement was reached in the Cajun Electric case, ending one of the longest-running utility bankruptcy cases in U.S. history.
DEMCO introduced online bill payment via the DEMCO website, www.demco.org.
DEMCO set a peak demand record of 427,589 KW as cold winter weather descended on southeast Louisiana. The previous high demand occurred in August 2000 when demand reached 386,000 KW.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana and dramatically affected the entire DEMCO service territory. Hurricane Katrina was called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history and devastated parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. DEMCO personnel, along with over 500 contractors and cooperative employees from around the country, worked to restore power to DEMCO members in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. All but scattered service was restored within 10 days.
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike delivered what was considered by many the worst natural disaster to strike the Baton Rouge area in recorded history. One hundred percent of DEMCO's members were without power, and all were restored within 13 days.
The DEMCO Foundation, through its Operation Roundup® program, exceeded contributions of over $3 million to DEMCO members in need.
DEMCO completed its four-year, $163 million construction work plan upgrading its infrastructure, including the construction of four new substations and numerous system upgrades assuring reliability as our communities continue to grow.
DEMCO faced Hurricane Isaac which dealt a direct hit to its members. Over 68,000 members were left without power and many saw historic flooding in their communities. In under five days, all DEMCO members were restored.