Semo Electric Cooperative
In 1938, a group of farmers in Mississippi County in southeast Missouri came together to form a cooperative to meet the electrical needs of the rural area. The small band of forward-thinking farmers and area business leaders received help from the newly formed Rural Electrification Administration (REA). From originally serving the counties of Scott, New Madrid, and Mississippi, the Cooperative also serves Stoddard, Bollinger and Cape Girardeau. SEMO Electric's service area is 75 miles from north to south and east to west. From its humble beginnings with a few lights on a farm homestead, SEMO Electric today serves thousands of homes, farms and businesses.
As part of a three-tier cooperative system, the power distributed by SEMO Electric is generated by Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., based in Springfield, Mo. SEMO Electric receives transmission services from M & A Electric Power Cooperative based in Poplar Bluff, Mo. SEMO Electric's mission is to partner with member-owners to safely, competitively and reliably energize homes, farms and businesses to enhance the quality of life in southeast Missouri.