Cooperative Information

Consolidated Electric Cooperative was formed June 20, 1938 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Missouri. Since that time, 39 other locally owned and operated non-profit, rural electric distribution cooperatives have been organized in Missouri.

The CEC service territory consists of approximately 2,330 miles of energized line servicing more than 7,800 connected meters. The service area covers part of six counties: Audrain, Callaway, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike and Ralls.

General Information about Cooperatives

Electric cooperatives are privately owned businesses established to supply electricity to their member-owners.

  • Electric co-ops are owned by the people who use the power the co-op provides. Its customers are also its owners.
  • Electric co-ops operate on a not-for-profit basis, with excess margins returned to the consumer either in the form of patronage capital or in stable rates.
  • Electric co-ops are governed by a board of directors elected from among the membership.
  • Any member may run for the board and all members are asked to participate in an annual membership meeting at which board members are elected.
  • Electric co-ops adhere to the seven guiding principles of all cooperatives: voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community.