Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is dedicated to providing members with safe, reliable and affordable electric service. Headquartered in Hooker, Okla., TCEC 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 nearly 5,000 miles of 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. TCEC 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.
As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, TCEC 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:
Touchstone Energy cooperatives offer new solutions and state-of-the-art technology to meet customers' needs.
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.
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.