Jim Compton

Cooperative Energy
Chief Executive Officer

Jim Compton led the recent transformation and rebranding of the former South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) to the new Cooperative Energy. Under his leadership, the utility has joined MISO, a regional transmission organization, purchased Batesville Generating Plant, repowered the Cooperative’s Moselle Plant, and added both Member-owned and utility-size solar facilities. Additionally, Cooperative Energy has discontinued all coal-fired generation and is moving to natural gas and renewable energy for the future.

The Benndale Plant currently under construction features the newest Wärtsilä reciprocating engine technology– the W20V31SG– which provides ultimate flexibility, efficiency and reliability. Mr. Compton became the general manager and CEO of Cooperative Energy in 2004. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as Cooperative Energy’s board attorney for more than 12 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi Law Center. Since becoming CEO, Compton has grown the organization from 250 to nearly 480 employees, grown revenues from $412M to $817M and assets from $874M to $1.98B.

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Michelle Romero
Marketing Manager, Americas


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