About Us

In 1936, a group of farmers in Licking and Knox counties decided to take advantage of a federal program offered by the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) by forming an electric cooperative known as Licking Rural Electrification (LRE). 

In October of 1998, Licking Rural Electrification, Inc. acquired National Gas & Oil Company and its subsidiaries, National Gas & Oil Corp., Producers Gas Sales, NGO Development Corp., NGO Transmission, Inc., and NGO Propane. The Energy Cooperative is the trade name used by LRE and its subsidiaries, which operate as separate corporations.

Today, The Energy Cooperative continues to bring safe, reliable energy to more than 70,000 members. The majority of our members live in Knox, Licking and Muskingum counties.

About Us


Our Mission 

To provide safe and reliable energy to our member-owners with highly responsive service, consistent with the Cooperative Principles.

Our Vision

That our member-owners truly benefit from their membership in The Energy Cooperative, by receiving safe and reliable energy and highly responsive service at fair and reasonable prices. And that the communities we serve are enhanced due to our presence.



Member Services

Paying Your Bill

There is more than one way to pay your bill. Find they way that best for you!

High Bill Concern?

The primary factor impacting your bill from The Energy Cooperative is the cost to heat or cool your home. Weather plays a big part in this; however, there are things you can do to ensure you are using energy as efficiently as possible.

Manage Your Account with SmartHub

You can manage all aspects of your account in SmartHub. Our app has several features that make managing your account as easy as possible.



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