There are three types of electric utility providers in America. Investor-owned utilities operate to make a profit. Municipal utilities are operated by local governments and help generate revenue for the general budget. Cooperatives are not-for-profit and governed by members. There are more than 750 electric cooperatives located throughout 46 states, serving 75 percent of landmass in the nation. Power flows over two million miles of electric cooperative lines and is delivered to 32 million members.
LCEC was incorporated in 1940 to serve customers no other utility wanted to serve. The not-for-profit cooperative began with 15 miles of line and 150 members. Today, LCEC is one of the largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation with more than 8,000 miles of line and over 210,000 members.