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Today is January 27, 2020


Electricity for a modern world

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

How many of us remember dropping into an electric cooperative office with our parents or grandparents to pay the light bill? Whether you do that today in person, by mail or online, paying your monthly bill does a lot more than just keep the lights on. 

Electricity keeps us connected to our modern world. Consider all the necessities, conveniences and even luxuries we enjoy in part because of the power running to the electric meter outside our homes. 

Count up your televisions, computers, printers, gaming consoles, music and video players and personal assistant devices. We use electricity to run all these, plus the coffee maker, microwave, heating and air conditioning and so much more. 

Here’s an interesting fact about the modern world in relation to our electricity use: the average home today has ten Wi-Fi connected devices. And, that number is expected to reach 50 by the year 2020! 

Technology and the gateways that keep our devices working use electricity. These devices keep us connected to the things that make our lives more streamlined and productive. They also provide us with instant entertainment, such as streaming TV shows, movies and music. 

Thanks to electronic devices too, as spotlighted in this issue of Today in Mississippi, in the matter of a split second we can learn about and listen to the very music and artists that put Mississippi on the map as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” Now that is an excellent example of electricity for a modern world, which is pretty incredible if you ask me. 

There’s no doubt that electricity will become even more important as digital devices and technologies continue to be front and center in our lives. And that’s one important reason why Mississippi’s electric cooperatives are continuously working to provide service that is reliable, valuable and affordable.

At the end of the day, we depend on our Mississippi electric cooperatives for more than keeping the lights on. We depend on them for the electricity that fuels the conveniences of our modern world. 

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