Mission & History

Mission.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for our members and communities.

Value statement.

We, the Consolidated Electric Cooperative family of
companies, value:

  • Safety –  protecting others and safeguarding ourselves
  • The leadership of our members
  • Our dedicated, experienced, and educated employees
  • Our focus on member satisfaction
  • Providing affordable, reliable services
  • Embracing technology
  • Environmental, social, and financial stewardship

 

Establishment of local cooperatives.

By 1936, groups of farmers all over the country were forming cooperatives and applying for Rural Electrification Administration (REA) loans, including two groups of farmers in Delaware and Morrow counties of north central Ohio. Delaware Rural Electric Cooperative was incorporated on April 2, 1936, and Morrow Electric Cooperative incorporated on June 10, 1936, borrowing $250,000 from the REA in Washington, DC, to build the first 250 miles of power line.

In Morrow County, the first 600 customers came on line in May 1938, and in Delaware County, farmers were fast becoming aware of the benefits of electricity. Within a few years, Morrow and Delaware co-op power lines continued to stretch farther out into the rural areas, and local farm families acquired all of the convenient and time-saving electric devices of the day.

Over the years, the memberships of the Morrow and Delaware co-ops became less and less farm-oriented as more and more city people moved to the rural areas in search of a “country” lifestyle. With the city of Columbus continuing to grow northward, the two cooperatives boasted of being the fastest-growing co-ops in Ohio, and even the nation, by the late 1980s.

Merger of two cooperatives.

In early 1995, Delaware Rural Electric Cooperative approached Morrow Electric Cooperative to discuss consolidation. It seemed like a natural fit; the two cooperatives were similar in many ways, with adjoining service territories. After months of discussion and planning, a merger proposal was presented to the members of both cooperatives. Both groups of members approved the merger proposal on June 4, 1996, and Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Inc., was incorporated on July 1, 1996.

Consolidated Electric Cooperative.

With a proud history of more than 80 years of service to our rural communities, Consolidated Electric Cooperative now provides service to nearly 16,000 homes and businesses in Delaware, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Union counties. Today, we serve an average of just seven customers per mile of line, yet our electric rates are very competitive with those offered by neighboring investor-owned utilities that average more than 30 customers per mile of line.

And in keeping to our commitment of providing the best possible service to our members, Consolidated Electric Cooperative has grown into a multifaceted corporation, including subsidiary companies that offer natural gas and propane services.