About MEC

Missoula Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MEC) was founded in 1936 and is a member-owned rural electric cooperative that serves electricity to members in Montana (six counties) and Idaho (one county). MEC strives to uphold a commitment to service excellence, while delivering safe, affordable and reliable electricity to its members. These key focuses are complemented by innovative energy solutions and a deep-rooted involvement in the communities we serve.


In early 1936, a group of local farmers and ranchers united to power their homes and farms. After countless meetings, applications, and approvals, the first power lines were energized in 1938. These lines served electricity to 125 members across a 75-mile service area and were the humble beginning of Missoula Electric Cooperative, Inc.

The member-owned electric utility has flourished over the past eight decades. What was once a small rural utility now powers over 13,000 residential and commercial members in seven counties and two states. All of this was achieved by a network of neighbors who banded together to achieve a common goal.

Though the Cooperative is consistently evolving, its mission and outlook remain the same. We are neighbors helping neighbors – and together, we provide safe, affordable and reliable energy to our member-owners.


Our business is providing energy. Our mission is serving our members.


Safety. We believe that only when we work safely can we be productive. The safety of our employees and the public is of utmost importance in all that we do.

Employees. We recognize that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are committed to building and maintaining superior customer satisfaction through the competent actions of a well-trained and dedicated workforce.

Reliability. We understand that our members deserve the highest level of reliability that is reasonably attainable.

Value. We are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services that our members want and need. Through continuous innovation and effective communications, we will continually strive to exceed our members’ expectations and deliver service and information that adds value to our members’ lives.

Integrity. We understand that our business dealings must be governed by the highest standards of conduct and ethics. Our integrity is demonstrated by doing business in an honest, responsible and innovative manner.

Community. We are guided by the 7 Cooperative Principles, and endeavor to meet the needs of our members and strengthen the local communities that we serve.

Efficiency. We recognize that we are owned by those we serve. We are dedicated to providing least-cost solutions to our members while operating in a fiscally responsible manner.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For Cooperative contact, call the General Manager of Missoula Electric Cooperative at 406.541.4433 or 800.352.5200.

Revised: September 2020