How is an electric cooperative different from other utilities?

Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative is owned by the members. Because of that, taking care of those who use our power is our top priority. We don’t answer to investors or distant stockholders.

Neighbors joined together back in the 1930s to start America’s electric cooperatives. Because of that, Heartland REC remains committed to the betterment of local communities. Cooperatives work to support the communities they serve. And co-op employees, managers, and even board members live and work in the communities they serve and are available to listen to the needs of the communities. Heartland members make their voice heard through the annual election of members of the Board of Directors, by attending the annual Meeting of the Members, and by attending the public meetings that are held as decisions are made regarding rates and other important issues at the co-op.