MiEnergy Cooperative was formed in 2017 from the merger of Hawkeye REC (Iowa) and Tri-County Electric Cooperative (Minnesota), each with a rich history of pioneering electric power to the rural America heartland.
Hawkeye REC was founded in 1936 and since then the membership has covered a range of home, farm, business and commercial consumers in Chickasaw, Howard and Winneshiek counties in Iowa. Before the merger with Tri-County Electric Cooperative, HREC had about 6,700 electrical services.
Tri-County Electric Cooperative was founded in 1936 when power was not available to rural residents. Local citizens banded together to build lines going out to their homes and farms. For 80 years, TEC served three counties in Minnesota including Winona, Houston and Fillmore and parts of Olmsted and Mower counties and also served portions of Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties in Iowa. Before the merger with Hawkeye REC, TEC had about 15,000 electrical services.
MiEnergy Cooperative supports the economic development efforts of area communities. Over the past few years MiEnergy has funded over $4.4 million in local projects in Iowa, through the revolving loans and grants. Many of the projects have enhanced our local communities and provided local jobs helping to stabilize our local economic growth. We work with community leaders to expand economic development and create an environment where people want to work and live. MiEnergy has invested financial commitments and other resources to improve the economy, health, safety, and quality of life in our communities, through many different projects.
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