About Shelby Electric Cooperative

Shelby Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving all or parts of Christian, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Sangamon and Shelby Counties.  Established by farmers who wanted to bring electricity to the rural and underserved areas, Shelby Electric Cooperative brought power to 481 member-owners. On January 1, 1939, 169 miles of line was energized. Today, the cooperative serves around 10,000 member-owners over 2,200  miles of energized lines.


Shelby Electric Cooperative exists to serve its consumer-members in the best manner possible.
The cooperative will:

  • strive to provide the best possible service to all persons who desire it within the cooperative's service area 

  • provide energy at the lowest possible prices, consistent with the highest standards of service - at rates which provide adequate funds to cover all costs of service. 

  • do all things essential to good management - providing dependable service, developing a stable financial structure, maintaining a sound organization and training leadership on a long-range basis. 

  • promote the wise use of electricity, electrical appliances and equipment in the home and on the farm, while working to improve the standard of living for all members. 

  • work to stimulate and support area development programs that will increase and stabilize the economic level of the area. 

  • constantly strive for even higher standards of electric service. 

  • keep consumer-members informed about their cooperative's operations, plans, problems and progress, while demonstrating that the cooperative is owned and operated by the members. 

  • develop the democratic process with consumer-members, encouraging their increased participation in cooperative affairs. 

  • ascertain that no person shall - regardless of race, color, religion, sex or national origin - be barred from participating in the cooperative's democratic process. 

  • develop understanding and support of cooperative objectives, plans and programs. 

  • provide leadership and cooperate with community and civic groups in fostering programs that contribute to the area's development.