Who We Are

Lighting the Oklahoma Panhandle and surrounding area since 1945

 

When we say Tri-County Electric is member-owned, we mean it. Please contact us with any questions, compliments or comments you may have. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Toll Free: (800) 522-3315
Local: (580) 652-2418
Fax: (580) 652-3151
E-mail: info@tcec.coop
Street address: 302 East Glaydas Street, Hooker, OK 73945-0880
Mailing address: P.O. Box 880, Hooker, OK 73945
Warehouse address: U.S. Highway 54 SW, Hooker, OK 73945
Warehouse fax: (580) 652-3290

Tri-County Electric Cooperative, is dedicated to providing members with safe, reliable and affordable electric service. Headquartered in Hooker, Okla., Tri-County Electric is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. The utility serves approximately 23,000 households and businesses in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, the northern border of the Texas Panhandle and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. Our dedicated staff oversees more than 4,900 miles of transmission and distribution lines. As a cooperative, we are proud to be owned and controlled by those we serve, and we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all of our member-owners. Tri-County Electric is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. Learn more about what it means to be a member of your local electric cooperative on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) website.

Our Promise

Tri-County Electric Cooperative epitomizes outstanding service to all its members. The promise of the Cooperative means we shall serve our members with integrity, innovation, accountability, and commitment to our communities. We cannot fail to do so. Our promise gives us the opportunity to stand out for being exceptional, and we want everyone to know it. We also want our members to know that we do not stand alone, but are part of the Touchstone Energy brand and stand together with hundreds of other top notch cooperatives throughout the nation.

Cooperative Vision

Tri-County Electric Cooperative is a member-owned business committed to delivering safe, reliable, affordable electric service.

Cooperative Mission

We strive to be a competitive cooperative that creates superior value for our members through the dedicated contribution of our Board of Trustees and Employees and the expansion of the cooperative business model. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our members and the communities we serve.

Cooperative Principles

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Members’ Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training, and Information
  6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

These are the Seven Cooperative Principles, adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance in 1995. The International Cooperative Alliance is a global membership association of co-ops and co-op support organizations. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.

Cooperative Values

As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Tri-County Electric also subscribes to the four core values that are the foundation of every Touchstone Energy co-op's service to its members. It's how Touchstone Energy cooperatives put their slogan — “the power of human connections” — into action and earn the trust of millions of people, every day. The four values are:

Innovation

Touchstone Energy cooperatives offer new solutions and state-of-the-art technology to meet customers' needs.

Accountability

Since consumers own co-ops, they have a say and help chart the course for the business. Every member has an equal voice in running the enterprise. Unlike an investor-owned utility, in which the investor with the most shares has the most clout, co-op business is conducted through a locally elected board of directors and an annual meeting where policy is proposed and voted on by members, each having one vote.

Integrity

The co-op business model always puts customers first. Not-for-profit electric cooperatives deliver energy to their members at the cost of service. In contrast, investor-owned utilities typically distribute their profits to investors across the nation or even the world — not necessarily to those they serve.

Commitment to Community

Electric cooperatives invest time, money and expertise to build the local economy and strengthen relationships with consumer-owners.

Towns in the Tri-County Electric territory include:

  • Balko
  • Beaver
  • Boise City
  • Elkhart, Kansas
  • Felt
  • Forgan
  • Goodwell
  • Guymon
  • Hardesty
  • Hooker
  • Keyes
  • Texhoma
  • Turpin
  • Tyrone
  • Yarbrough