An electric cooperative is a private, independent, non-profit utility business which is owned by the customers served.  Electric cooperatives are established to provide affordable, reliable, safe energy.  

Cooperatives are governed by a Board of Directors.  This Board is elected from the membership and oversees management of the cooperative, sets policies and procedures and rates.

M & A Electric Power Cooperative is a Generation and Transmission (G&T) Cooperative founded in 1948.  Generation and Transmission Cooperatives provide wholesale energy to the distribution cooperatives served.  

Download the NRECA PDF America's Electric Cooperatives to learn more.


Distribution Cooperatives

Four Distribution Cooperatives form the foundation of M & A Electric Power Cooperative.  We support our Distribution Cooperatives and their efforts to provide affordable, reliable and safe energy to Member-Owners.


Distribution Substations

We operate and maintain eighty-six distribution substations across eighteen counties in Southeast Missouri.  Cooperative Member-Owners rely on us to deliver energy which supports living and working across our region.


Miles of Energized Line

With 1,025 miles of energized line throughout our service area, we maintain and service lines across landscapes from the fertile Mississippi Lowlands to the granite covered areas of the St. Francois mountains.

In the cooperative community, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. is owned by M & A Electric Power Cooperative in cooperation with five other Generation and Transmission Cooperatives.  M & A is owned by the four distribution cooperatives it serves.  This three-tiered approach creates levels of accountability while also helping to organize and control the costs of generating and transmission of the power consumed.

The Seven Cooperative Principles

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.

Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.

Members’ Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

Education, Training, and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures.

Concern for Community
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

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PO Box 670
Poplar Bluff, MO 63902-0670

4169 Highway PP
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
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Phone: (573) 785-9651
Fax: (573) 785-9653


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Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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