Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative
Member Owned Since 1936
Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative is a non-profit electric cooperative owned by the consumer members we serve. Headquartered in Palmyra, Missouri, the cooperative service territory covers approximately 1100 square miles of Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, and Shelby County’s in Northeast Missouri.
Since being incorporated on June 16, 1936, the Cooperative’s goal has been to improve its members’ standard of living by providing a reliable supply of electricity at the lowest possible cost.
The first 155 miles of line, were made possible by Loan funds from the Rural Electrification Administration. Those funds were approved on September 23, 1936, with construction beginning January 1937. By the end of the first year, 271 members had service to their home with an average usage of 44 kilowatts per month. Today Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative maintains 1100 miles of line serving approximately 5000 Commercial and Residential meters. Our members average kilowatt usage has grown to 1100 kilowatts per month.
The Administration has abandoned its
"all-of-the-above" energy strategy and embraced an
"all-but-one" approach that restricts the future use of coal to
generate affordable electricity. The EPA has proposed rules to require
the use of a specific technology that is not commercially viable. Electric
co-ops are deeply concerned about maintaining affordable, reliable
electricity. Please urge the Administration to reconsider this proposal
and focus on working with your co-op to reduce power plant emissions, increase
efficiency and develop affordable new technologies.