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About Us
About Us Print E-mail
Friday, 03 September 2010 13:57

 A member-owned nonprofit cooperative, West Central Electric Cooperative was formed in 1939 to bring electricity to rural areas. Rural Missourians began the co-op when existing utilities believed that energizing the countryside wasn't a profitable venture.

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Annual Meeting Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 14:02

 West Central Electric Cooperative's annual meeting is held each year for the purpose of electing members to the board of directors, and passing any amendments to the cooperative's bylaws. Members are given an update of the cooperative's business and finances over the preceding year.

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3-Tier System Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 14:01

Where Your Electricity Comes From...

 

West Central Electric Cooperative purchases its power from NW Electric Power Cooperative. In turn, NW purchases its power from the cooperative-owned Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., a generation cooperative. AECI headquarters in Springfield, Mo., was formed in 1962 with the idea of generating and coordinating the power supply of Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives.

 

AECI has a diversified mix of resources to serve its member systems, including 2,619 megawatts of coal-based generation that provides round-the-clock energy; 1,603 MW of efficient, low-emissions combined-cycle gas generation to meet load on higher use days; 655 MW of peaking oil and gas units for highest-use periods; 157 MW of renewable wind energy; 478 MW of renewable hydropower; and an integrated high-voltage transmission network.

 

While AECI’s owned and contracted coal units are 55 percent of total capacity, they produced 81 percent of the cooperative’s energy in 2006. In 2006, AECI’s gas units were 34 percent of capacity and produced 13 percent of its energy. AECI also has several peaking plants, including one in Holden, Mo.

 

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7 Co-op Principles Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 14:01

Cooperative businesses are special because they are owned by the consumers they serve and because they are guided by a set of seven principles that reflect the best interests of those consumers. All cooperative businesses adhere to these seven guiding principles:

1. Voluntary and Open Membership — Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

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Our Mission Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 14:00

Electric cooperatives are locally-owned and operated businesses committed to putting their consumers first, and being responsive to local needs.

 

With the help of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who established the Rural Electrification Administration in 1935, friends and neighbors banded together to create a new kind of electric utility, where the voice of every person made a difference. Electric cooperatives brought electric power to the rural areas when no one else would.

 

Today, America’s electric cooperatives continue to answer that call. With the same focus on customer needs, today’s electric cooperatives provide much more than competitively-priced, reliable energy. They are committed to improving the quality of life in their communities and for the member-owners who live there.

 
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