Black River Electric Cooperative
Incorporated on July 20, 1938 to provide electricity to a service area that encompasses the Southeast Missouri counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dent, Iron, Madison, Perry, Reynolds, Shannon, St. Francois and Wayne.
Since its inception in 1938, the cooperative has grown and currently provides electricity to over 4,160 miles of energized line in a 3,000 square mile region. BREC employees are on call 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure reliable service to members.
Ozark Border Electric Cooperative
Ozark Border was incorporated on May 31, 1938 by a group of concerned citizens who saw a need for electric service in our area. In just over seven decades Ozark Border has grown and expanded to serve more than 39,000 meters in eleven Southeast Missouri counties.
Ozark Border, like other cooperatives across the nation, was formed to provide electric service to areas where private power companies and municipals did not want to go because of the financial commitments and concern for profitability. As cooperatives developed and the consumer base grew, private power companies and municipals then became interested in the developed areas of cooperatives — after the local efforts had proven it could be done.
Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative
Started from the REA program and incorporated on September 11, 1937, the cooperative was very much needed and well received in the area. Pemiscot-Dunklin experienced rapid growth and quickly became the largest electrical cooperative in the state of Missouri. By July 1950, around 90% of the Pemiscot-Dunklin service area was electrified. The cooperative had 14 trucks equipped with 2-way radios to improve service to their members.
In the late 1950's the number of members began to decline as members left the rural areas and started migrating to the cities for employment. This challenged Pemiscot-Dunklin as memberships declined by as much as one third over the next several years. Despite this decline the cooperative's mission has always stayed the same: to provide reliable service to the members. As time goes by, things change but Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative still takes tremendous pride in providing its members with reliable service and the involvement and promotion of rural Missouri.
SEMO Electric Cooperative
Incorporated on January 13, 1938 by a group of farmers in Scott, Mississippi and New Madrid County, Missouri, these citizens came together to form the Scott - New Madrid - Mississippi Cooperative Association in order to meet the electrical needs of the rural area. The small band of forward-thinking farmers and area business leaders received help from the newly formed Rural Electrification Administration (REA).
From originally serving the counties of Scott, New Madrid, and Mississippi, the cooperative now also serves Stoddard, Bollinger and Cape Girardeau counties. SEMO Electric's service area is 75 miles from North to South and East to West. From its humble beginnings with a few lights on a farm homestead, SEMO Electric today serves thousands of homes, farms and businesses.
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