Formed in 1939 with a loan from the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SWECI) is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative located in southwestern Illinois. Southwestern Electric Cooperative serves more than 22,000 residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial member accounts in parts of Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Effingham, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby and St. Clair Counties.
The cooperative, headquartered in Greenville, Illinois, maintains nearly 3,500 miles of power line and employs more than 80 people. Southwestern Electric also owns a subsidiary company—Propane Plus—and 47-megawatt peaking plant.
Southwestern Electric's board of directors has worked diligently to reduce the cost of service by buying wholesale power at competitive prices so that retail rates remain stable. At the same time, our cooperative works to increase its membership base by promoting residential, commercial and industrial development, thereby spreading out the fixed cost of service.
Southwestern Electric Cooperative exists to serve its members in the best manner possible. The cooperative will: