Central Electric was established March 29, 1940. Today, CEC maintains thousands of miles of overhead and underground lines which provide electricity to 31,733 accounts.
What is Central Electric Cooperative?
- CEC is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned corporation operated for the benefit of YOU.
- CEC is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors elected from the membership. Annual meetings are held on the 2nd Friday in April.
- CEC must reinvest earnings in excess of operating expenses OR return “profits” to its members in the form of “capital credits” or dividends.
Mileposts in CEC History
- 1940 Rural residents file Articles of Association with State of Oregon for Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.; elect nine charter members to board of directors; capitalize cooperative with $244,000 from Rural Electrification Administration.
- 1941 Chairman Carl H. Baker throws switch at Deschutes Junction Substation, energizing 11 Redmond area farms.
- 1949 To help finance utility infrastructure, CEC implements Capital Credits Plan, still in effect today.
- 1956 Election of board of directors changed from “at large” selection to representation based on geographic districts reflective of communities served.
- 1962 Oregon Public Utility Commission approves Central Electric service territory boundaries, resolving differences over exclusivity with Pacific Power & Light.
- 1977 Redmond Chamber of Commerce gives Community Improvement Award to CEC for co-op’s new Redmond headquarters campus.
- 1978 CEC initiates energy conservation program, later expanded to Home Energy Efficiency Program in 1982, which is still in effect today.
- 1995 CEC and 11 other cooperative members of Power Resources Cooperative build and operate 2.5 megawatt Coffin Butte landfill gas-to-electricity renewable energy facility; expanded in 2007 to 5.66 megawatts.
- 2001 CEC achieves a 60-year record low for power outage time per member-18 minutes, 31 seconds per customer.
- 2010 Capital Credits repaid to members exceeds $13 million.
- 2010 Launched three-year program to install Advanced Metering Infrastructure across CEC system. Installation was completed in late 2012.
- 2016 Launched 200,000-watt community solar project, largest in state at time of launch.
- 2016 Capital Credits repaid to members since 1958 exceed $22 million.