Since 1941, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) has been proud to serve its members across five counties: Lincoln, Montgomery, Pike, St. Charles, and Warren counties in Missouri. CREC is the largest of Missouri's 40 consumer-owned electric distribution cooperatives, providing electricity to more than 70,000 homes and businesses.


Your Cooperative

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CREC is owned and governed by you, the members it serves. Understanding what guides us, how we operate, and why your involvement is important is vital to our organization. As a member you are also entitled to unique cooperative benefits

Board and Management

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Meet your cooperative's leadership: the board, who directs CREC's business according to our bylaws, and the management team who manages the cooperative's day-to-day operatives and our 135 employees.


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Our cooperative bylaws are in place to guide us in managing our business, legal and day-to-day operations.

Capital Credits

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Capital credits, similar to profit margins in other businesses, represent member's ownership equity and are a unique benefit of being served by an electric cooperative.


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Working at CREC is more than just a job. Our team is proud to serve the communities that we live in too.

Cooperative Facts

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As an electric cooperative, we're more than an ordinary utility. Get to know the cooperative structure and purpose, and the seven principles that guide us.

CREC History

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In 1941, twelve individuals came together to form what would become Cuivre River Electric Cooperative. Our rich history has led us to become the largest electric cooperative in the great State of Missouri.