Southwestern Electric Cooperative provides power to 24,000 residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial members in southwestern Illinois, including parts of the St. Louis Metro East. As a not-for-profit utility, Southwestern Electric is committed to providing high-quality energy services at the lowest possible prices. We're guided by the simple belief that a member-owned, member-controlled company should operate in the best interests of the families, neighbors and communities it serves.

Recent Articles

  • Strong Winds Snap Poles, Bring Down Lines in Fayette County Tuesday, April 03, 2018
    About 630 Fayette County members are without power this evening after strong winds snapped poles and brought down power lines. Crews have been deployed to several locations in the county and are making repairs.
  • Winds Causing Isolated Outages Saturday, March 24, 2018
    About 450 Fayette County members are without power this morning. Crews have been dispatched and are currently making repairs. Strong winds are moving branches into power lines, resulting in momentary blinks, damage to fuses, and isolated outages throughout Fayette, Effingham and Shelby counties. Members are advised to be alert for fallen branches and to avoid downed and low-hanging power lines.
  • Fuse Interrupts Power to 225 Members Monday, March 19, 2018
    About 225 members south of Vandalia lost power this morning due to a fuse operation at Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s Shobonier Substation. Crews are currently on site investigating the source of the damage and making repairs.

Co-op Reminders

May 14

Payment processing systems will be unavailable from midnight to 4 a.m., while we perform system maintenance.

May 17

Board candidate nomination deadline.

May 28

Offices closed in observance of Memorial Day.

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