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Licking Rural Electrification (LRE) provides safe, reliable electricity to 26,000 members in nine counties of Central Ohio. LRE owns, operates, and maintains 32 miles of transmission line, nearly 3,000 miles of distribution lines, 20 substations, and three switching stations.

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Natural Gas

National Gas & Oil Cooperative provides natural gas service to more than 36,000 residential, commercial and industrial consumers within seven counties in the central Ohio area. This service is provided through a network of over 1,000 miles of distribution pipeline.

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The Energy Cooperative’s (TEC) propane serves approximately 4,500 members in the central Ohio and Muskingum Valley areas. With our metered service, you can receive monthly billing for only the amount of propane you use. No surprises, hidden fees, delivery fees, or fuel surcharges.

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Looking for propane? Experience the cooperative difference! 

Our propane members enjoy: 

  • Safe, reliable, affordable propane.
  • Clean fuel, competitive rates and ample supply. 
  • High quality, professional service. 
  • Metered or bulk propane rates – locked in annually based on energy use. 
  • Auto scheduled delivery service. 
  • Budget billing option to keep your payment the same all year. 
  • Digital account management tools. 
  • Personalized member service, including a drive thru location in Newark. 
  • Cooperative membership and the benefits that come with it. 
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Licking Rural Electrification, Inc. (dba) The Energy Cooperative, 2020 Business Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors decided to hold a virtual business meeting in place of our typical annual meeting event.  Board Chairman, Nelson Smith, conducted the meeting. President & CEO, Todd Ware, joined him to provide an update to cooperative members. Director election results are also announced in the video.

Annual Reports

Licking Rural Electricification, Inc. 2019 Annual Report

Operation Round Up Foundation 2019 Annual Report


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Notice of Rate Adjustments

The following monthly rate adjustments are effective on all bills after January 1, 2021. Electric Members Residential Electric Members Facilities Fee adjusts from $27 to $28 Generation and Transmission Charge adjusts from $0.0772 to $0.0813/kWh…

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Operation Round Up Grants Awarded in June 2020

The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $57,142 in June. Congratulations to the following community organizations. Beechwood Trails Park & Pool toward repairs and renovation The Salvation Army in Newark toward a freezer and…

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We want to hear from you!  One of the best things about being a member of a cooperative is that when you speak, we listen. Please take a moment to let us know how we…

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Frequently Asked Questions

At The Energy Cooperative, we welcome the opportunity to address any comments, queries, and concerns you might have. We’ve created this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) area so that we can answer as many common questions as possible so that you receive the attention and care you deserve.

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Security standards (specifically, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) prohibit our member service representatives from taking your credit card information over the phone. These standards are designed to ensure companies who accept, process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. Because we record our phone calls for quality assurance, we are no longer able to accept credit card payments in this way. Be assured, however, there are many other ways to pay your bill including by mail; automated telephone system; online; in person; night drop-boxes located at Newark and Utica locations; and at your local bank.

Both the Facilities Fee and Distribution Charge include the fixed cost of running the Cooperative, such as meter reading, billing, record keeping, replacing poles, power lines, and other equipment. This is also the cost to distribute electric to Cooperative members. This facilities fee will be applied each month, even though you may not consume natural gas or electric.

The Energy Cooperative offers budget billing which allows your monthly utility costs to remain constant throughout the entire year. Please note the following:

  • The account must be paid in full to qualify.
  • The budget accounts are reviewed during the month of March and September. During this review, your budget amount may be increased or decreased depending on your usage.

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Main Office Location:

1500 Granville Road
P.O. Box 4970
Newark, OH 43058

Member Services & Drive-Up Window Hours:

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Business Office Hours:

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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