Southwestern Electric Cooperative provides power to nearly 23,000 residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial members in southwestern Illinois, including parts of the St. Louis Metro East. As a not-for-profit utility, Southwestern Electric is committed to providing high-quality energy services at the lowest possible prices. We're guided by the simple belief that a member-owned, member-controlled company should operate in the best interests of the families, neighbors and communities it serves.

Recent Articles

  • Southwestern Electric Completing Repairs From Sunday Storm Monday, June 19, 2017
    About 60 Southwestern Electric members north of Farina remain without power today after Sunday morning’s storm snapped utility poles and tore down power lines in Effingham and Fayette counties. Joe Richardson, communications coordinator for the cooperative, said crews expected to complete repairs and restore power to the area this morning.
  • Crews Restore Power to 1,600 Members; System Flexibility Results in Shorter Outage Time Sunday, June 18, 2017
    About 1,600 Southwestern Electric members have seen their service restored since last night’s storm snapped utility poles and tore down power lines. As of 10:45 a.m., 85 members remained without power.
  • Avoid Downed Power Lines Sunday, June 18, 2017
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative has received reports of a power line down across Fayette County Road 2, south of E 50th Avenue, south of Altamont. Members are cautioned not to drive over or go near downed lines. “A downed line could be energized, or become energized at any moment,” said Joe Richardson, communications coordinator for the cooperative. “All downed power lines should be avoided. Members are asked to report downed power lines to the cooperative at (800) 637-8667.

Co-op Reminders

July 4

Offices closed for Independence Day



Aug 25-Sept 8

Absentee voting available at the co-op’s headquarters (525 US Route 40 in Greenville), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 


Sept 9

79th Annual Meeting of Members at Greenville Jr. High School, St. Jacob and St. Elmo facilities. Voting 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.

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