Who We Are

Mission Statement:
Exceed Member Expectations In Everything We Do

Organized in 1938 under the provisions of the United States Rural Electrification Act and incorporated under the provisions of the Texas Electric Cooperative Corporation Act, Medina Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit electric cooperative corporation, operating under the seven guiding Cooperative Principles.

The Stats

As of May 2012, Medina Electric Cooperative (EC) provides service to over 16,760 members with more than 30,750 meter connections and 167,000 poles throughout a 12,000 square-mile region in the Texas counties of:

Atascosa
Brooks
Dimmitt
Duval
Edwards
Frio
Jim Hogg
Kinney
LaSalle
McMullen
Medina
Real
Starr
Uvalde
Webb
Zapata
Zavala

Service is provided through 9,132 miles of electric distribution line. Power is purchased on a wholesale basis, through purchase agreements with South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) and San Miguel Electric Cooperative (SMEC).

Medina EC has a five-district service area and a three-district voting area. The nine directors serving on the cooperative's board are elected by the membership.

The History

Medina EC was born out of the Rural Electrification Act. The Rural Electrification Administration (REA) was established by Executive Order under President Franklin Roosevelt on May 11, 1935, and on May 20 the following year, the President signed the Rural Electrification Act. This Act established the REA as a lending agency on a continual basis for 10 years.

Because of the great need for electricity in the South Texas area, farmers, ranchers and other concerned groups began meeting together and on November 22, 1938, the first meeting of incorporators and directors of Medina EC was held at the Medina County Agent's office in Hondo, Texas.

The Leadership

Medina EC is governed by a nine person, member-elected Board of Directors and daily operations are led by the organization's General Manager and CEO. Mark Rollans has served as Medina EC's current General Manager/CEO since January 2007.

Financing

The construction of the cooperative's lines and facilities have been carried out over the years with funds obtained by loan agreements from the Rural Utilities Service (formerly Rural Electrification Administration or REA), a division within the United States Department of Agriculture. In recent years a portion of the financing of Medina EC's lines and facilities has also been obtained from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) and CoBank.