EnerStar Electric Cooperative General Information
EnerStar Electric Cooperative exists to reliably distribute affordable electricity to its member-owners while upholding our values of integrity, accountability, and commitment to the community.
Founded in 1938, EnerStar Electric Cooperative powers the lives of more than 5,300 homes and businesses in east-central Illinois. The cooperative operates over 1,500 miles of lines in the counties of Clark, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, and Vermilion. The headquarters are located in Paris, IL. Our electricity is supplied by Wabash Valley Power Alliance, a generation and transmission cooperative based in Indianapolis.
EnerStar is a member of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). EnerStar is also a member of the Touchstone Energy newtork of electric co-ops since its inception in 1998.
As a not-for-profit cooperative, EnerStar is owned and controlled by the members we serve. The cooperative is governed by 9 directors who are residential members. The directors are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting of Members. They are responsible for setting the cooperative's strategic and financial goals. Energy efficiency, education, and safety are top priorities in addition to distributing electricity.
Our sole purpose is to serve our members. We exist because no other electric utility was willing to provide electric service to the "last-mile" areas of the rural areas we currently serve. In the late 1930s, as part of FDR's New Deal, the Rural Electricifcation Act (REA) provided much-needed support to residents of rural America so they could form their own electric companies. And that's exactly what a group of local folks did under the guidance of the Edgar County Farm Burea. Our goal today hasn't really changed. We're proud to serve our local communities. Always have been. Always will be.