Power for the people...by the people
People's Energy Cooperative was founded in 1936 thanks to a small group of people who organized an electric cooperative to serve rural Olmsted County. The incorporators, Harold Caulfield of Byron; Herbert C. Blumentrit of Chester; R.E. Richardson of Eyota; Louis Hammel of Eyota; and A.H. Johnson of Viola; named it People's Cooperative Power Association of Olmsted County. While our name has changed, our commitment to providing power according to the Cooperative Principles and local democracy hasn't.
Powering Communities...Powering Lives
People's Energy Cooperative is a member-owned, distribution electric cooperative delivering retail electric power to nearly 19,000 members in Olmsted, Dodge, Fillmore, Mower, Wabasha, and Winona Counties.
We are governed by a member-elected board of directors comprised of member-consumers who serve three-year terms. We are staffed by 60 professionals who stand ready to deliver on our mission to bring value to our member-owners and communities by providing reliable electricity, superior service, and innovative energy solutions at fair and reasonable prices.
To learn more about the Cooperative, check out our Corporate Profile, Bylaws, most recent Annual Report, and past issues of our newsletter.
Our Power Providers
As an electric distribution cooperative, we do not generate the power we sell except for the energy generated by the three solar arrays we either own or have an interest in. We purchase our power from two generation and transmission companies. Our primary power provider is Dairyland Power Cooperative in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and the other is Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, based in Madison, Wisconsin.