Clarke Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a not-for-profit, electric distribution cooperative that serves in portions of eight counties in South Central Iowa: Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Madison, Ringgold, Union, Warren and Wayne. Click here for our Co-op Brochure and New Member Information. To learn more about the important role electric cooperatives play in rural America, watch this video.
Here To Serve
We are continually exploring ways to provide you with quality electrical service and products that enhance your security and peace of mind. Our basic philosophy is to provide the best possible service at the lowest cost consistent with sound economics and good management.
Owned By Our Member-Owners
As a not-for-profit utility that is organized, owned and governed by its member-owners, Clarke Electric allocates back to its member-owners the profits (margin allocations) that result after expenses are tabulated and audited at the end of each year. These margin allocations (also called patronage dividends) are held for 20 years by the cooperative to serve as resources for reinvestment in the distribution system.
Founded Six Decades Ago
In 1939, running electrical lines beyond the city limits was not profitable for investor-owned utilities. So a group of ambitious farmers decided to bring electricity to area farms by the formation of a co-op. In the fall of 1939, Clarke Electric Cooperative, Inc. was formed.
Building power lines was the number one priority, but soon the cooperative needed someone to solicit membership and to map areas for proposed power line construction. Norman T. Miller was chosen for this position and became Clarke Electric's first manager. A local board of nine men, one from each of the service districts, was elected to guide the cooperative.
Today's board realizes success is not measured by the miles of line or the number of kilowatt-hours sold, but by the satisfaction of our member-owners. Clarke Electric is still committed to providing member-owners with reliable electricity and top quality customer service.