KEC is the Kansas statewide service organization for 28 electric distribution cooperatives and three G&Ts. Formed on August 18, 1941, and headquartered in Topeka, KEC represents the interests and provides needed services and programs to the electric co-ops that serve in Kansas.
Through KEC, the individual co-ops share in the advantage of a larger utility operation, but control and ownership is maintained at the local level. A 32-member board of trustees, one trustee representative from each of the KEC member systems, guides the association. The KEC Board of Trustees meets six times annually. Expanded board meetings are conducted during the KEC Annual Meeting in Topeka in January and the KEC Summer Meeting in August.
KEC provides extensive legislative research and coordinates legislative action programs at the state and national levels, regulatory support, education, public relations, safety/loss control, legal and a large selection of communication services including a statewide consumer magazine, news releases, advertising, and publishing services. KEC develops and coordinates training and safety programs for REC employees and directors, as well as implementing programs on wise energy use, load-management, and other topics of interest. Other specialized services include youth programs, safety device inspections, coordination with regulatory agencies’ policies and procedures, retail rate case assistance, electrical apparatus testing, and other services more efficiently done on a statewide, rather than a local, basis.
A Touchstone Energy Regional Partner, KEC is the united service representative for its members. KEC is an integral part of the distribution cooperatives, yet each one maintains its integrity as an independent retail supplier of electricity to its members. The banding together into one statewide association provides greater efficiency and the economy of operations for all the distribution cooperatives, regardless of size.
KEC functions for the mutual benefit of its members to promote rural electrification and foster the principles on which electric cooperatives were founded.
KEC is organized as a cooperative. It subscribes to cooperative principles and seeks to promote and support the cooperative form of enterprise.
- To fulfill its mission, KEC must attract, develop and retain qualified personnel with specialized expertise in rural electrification and related disciplines.
- KEC’s primary focus is in helping its member-systems to maintain or, if possible, to improve their competitive positions as electric utilities.
- KEC exists to accomplish through collective action those tasks which its member-systems cannot do as efficiently or effectively by themselves.
- KEC will provide leadership, coordination, and support to its member-systems and also serve as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among its members.