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How Your Coop Works

HOW YOUR CO-OP WORKS

What is an Electric Cooperative?

An electric cooperative in an organization formed by a group of people for the purpose of providing electric service in an area which, for many reasons, did not attract an investor owned utility…

How do we get our power?

How does Howard Electric Cooperative receive power to meet the electric demands of its member-owners?  Howard Electric is one of 41 rural electric distribution cooperatives in Missouri.  We purchase electricity from Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI), a generation cooperative which is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri.  AECI then transfers the electricity to six transmission cooperatives including Central Electric Power Cooperative, located in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Central Electric Power Cooperative then brings the electricity to the substations, which feed the lines of Howard Electric, so it can be distributed to you – the member-owners.

What are the advantages of being a member?

Howard Electric Cooperative is equally owned by its members, and being a member of Howard Electric Cooperative has many benefits!  One of which is having a say in how the Cooperative operates.  You can exercise your rights as a member-owner at HEC’s Annual Membership meeting held each year in June.  Your participation and input at the annual meeting is vital to the continued success of your cooperative.  It’s an important way to ensure that HEC will continue to not only meet your expectations, but exceed them in every way possible.

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