Yellow Warbler, near Salmon Lake

About MEC

Purpose

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 principal focuses are further enhanced with innovative energy solutions and a deep-rooted involvement in the communities we serve.

History of Missoula Electric Cooperative

In early 1936, a group of local farmers and ranchers united to serve power to their homes and farms. After countless meetings, applications, and approvals, the first Missoula Electric Cooperative lines were energized in 1938 and served electricity to the homes of 125 members within a 75-mile service area. This was the humble beginning of what has flourished over the past eight decades and now provides energy to over 13,000 member-owners across 2,000 miles of overhead and underground power line. All of this was achieved by a small network of neighbors who banded together to achieve a common goal.

What was once a small rural utility, has progressed to serve residential and commercial members in seven counties and two states. Though we are consistently evolving, our mission and outlook remain the same. We are neighbors helping neighbors – and together, we provide safe, affordable and reliable energy to our member-owners.