Southwest Electric Cooperative Inc
"Owned By Those We Serve."
Since 1939, the electric power provided by Southwest Electric Cooperative has empowered our member-owners to progress from the daily chores of rural living and improve the quality of their lives.
SWEC, founded in October 1939 by local folks who banded together with the help of low-interest loans from the Rural Electrification Administration. The founding members established SWEC as a not-for-profit, private electric cooperative owned by those it serves - the members.
Missouri's 3-Tiered System
Missouri has a well-defined and well-run system of electric cooperatives that generate, transmit and distribute electricity to the rural residents of the state.
1Electricity is generated by Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., based in Springfield, Missouri.
2That electricity is transmitted from AECI's generation facilities to substations by six transmission cooperatives. Two of these transmission cooperatives, KAMO Power Electric Cooperative, Inc., located in Vinita, Oklahoma and Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, Inc., located in Marshfield, Missouri, own and maintain the substations that serve our system.
3The electricity is then distributed from the substations to homes, farms and businesses by 40 distribution cooperatives throughout rural Missouri. Southwest Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a distribution cooperative.