Menard Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit member-owned and controlled distribution electric utility that provides electricity and associated services at cost to our members. We are a distribution cooperative, meaning we do not produce the electricity we provide. We purchase electricity from Prairie Power Inc., a cooperative located in Central Illinois that produces power from its clean coal-fired generation plant.
We were established by local rural leaders in 1936 with the assistance of the Rural Electrification Administration. Co-ops like Menard Electric brought electricity to the rural areas when investor-owned utilities would not serve them.
Over 80 years later, electric co-ops like us are the primary providers of electricity in the rural areas of downstate Illinois and across this nation. Today we serve rural and urban residences as well as commercial, agricultural and industrial businesses.
Our employees serve more than 10,700 meters over more than 2,590 miles of line within approximately 2,400 square miles in Cass, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon and Tazewell counties. We serve approximately 4 members per mile of line.
Each person receiving electricity from Menard Electric is a member of the cooperative. As such, they are part owner of the co-op and control it through the election of nine directors who represent districts throughout our service territory. Each membership has one vote. See Your Board of Directors to meet your representatives.
We were founded by and continue to be governed by 7 Cooperative Principles: Voluntary and Open Membership; Democratic Member Control; Members’ Economic Participation; Autonomy and Independence; Education, Training and Information; Cooperation Among Cooperatives; and Concern for Community.
We are also a member of Touchstone Energy, which adheres to the four Core Values of Integrity, Accountability, Innovation and Commitment to Community.