About Central Electric

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Central Electric Cooperative is one of Oregon’s 18 member-owned cooperative electric utilities. CEC is a transmission and distribution cooperative. Its source of wholesale electricity is the federal power marketing agency, the Bonneville Power Administration. Central Electric obtains this supply through Portland, Ore.-based PNGC  Power (link), a generation and transmission cooperative owned by 14 Northwest electric distribution cooperative utilities, including CEC. CEC provides electric service to portions of Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Grant, Linn, Wasco and Lake counties, in central and eastern Oregon.


  • President & CEO: Dave Markham
  • Chief Financial Officer: Rawleigh White
  • Director of Operations & Engineering: Brad Wilson
  • Corporate Information Officer: Lisa Cutter
  • Member Services Director: Jeff Beaman
  • Bend District Manager: Karen Lewis

24-Hour Phone Numbers:

  • Redmond: (541) 548-2144
  • Bend: (541) 389-1980
  • Madras: (541) 475-3266
  • Prineville: (541) 447-5321
  • Sisters: (541) 549-5698
  • Out of Service Area: (800) 924-8736

Governance / Board of Directors:

As a member-owned electric cooperative, Central Electric is governed by a board of directors elected by membership on a district-by-district basis. Terms are for three years and every year three of the nine directors stand for election before those members living in his/her district. Following are the locations of the CEC districts, the serving board member, and the year each stands for re-election:

  • District 1, Sisters — William (Bill) Rainey (2015)
  • District 2, Tumalo — William (Boyd) Keeton (2017)
  • District 3, Madras — Kip Light, Secretary & Treasurer (2017)
  • District 4, Powell Butte — Kelly McFarlane (2016)
  • District 5, Terrebonne — Tom Strand, Chairman (2017)
  • District 6, Redmond — Beverly Clarno (2016)
  • District 7, Alfalfa — Ken Miltenberger (2015)
  • District 8, Bend — Dan Steelhammer, Vice Chairman (2015)
  • District 9, Prineville — Shirley McCullough (2016)

Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. Background

A member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative, Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) has provided electric utility services to its members in central Oregon since 1941. At the close of 2013, CEC served 31,873 accounts held by 25,214 members in its 5,300 square-mile service territory in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and parts of Lake, Linn, Wasco, and Grant counties. CEC’s electrical system includes 24 substations and 3,833 miles of energized power lines, including 183 miles of transmission line, 2,263 miles of overhead distribution line and 1,387 miles of underground distribution line.

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