America was founded on a cooperative spirit. Working together, helping each other for mutual benefit—this is the American way. And for good reason: cooperative organizations provide economic, social and cultural benefits for their members that they often wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.
That’s the way it is with electric power cooperatives. The first one—Boone REMC—was formed right here in Indiana as a way to get power to the people and businesses of rural America.
Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC) was America’s first electric cooperative service organization. Since we started in 1935, the citizens and employers in the communities we serve have been our owners, and we’ve always put their needs first. Today, we serve more than 1.3 million individuals, families, farms and businesses in 89 Indiana counties. With more than $2.4 billion in system infrastructure, we’re providing Hoosiers with the reliable electric power they need—and we do it with an emphasis on environmentalism, sustainability and efficiency.
At IEC, we work hard for our members and the communities we serve. We support our member cooperatives with an array of services that include job and safety training, government relations, regulatory compliance support, professional development training and communication. We also have significant involvement with youth services throughout the state, including a youth tour to Washington D.C., youth energy camp and partnerships with schools, 4-H clubs and FFA groups to bring educational support through vocational and scholarship programs.
Our members have always come first—that’s the cooperative spirit. And it’s a spirit that focuses on today and tomorrow. Because, as the landscape continues to evolve, we want to make sure our members always have access to clean, safe, abundant electric power—now and for many years to come.