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.

The Energy Cooperative now has more than 70,000 accounts. The majority of 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.



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2023 Annual Report

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Notice of Rate Adjustment

The Energy Cooperative’s Board of Directors approved a rate adjustment for electric and natural gas members effective August 1, 2024.