Founded in 1938, today Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC) serves over 18,000 electric meters for consumers in eight South Texas counties surrounding the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast. NEC is a proactive cooperative who is paving ways in the cooperative industry. In 2005, NEC became the first electric cooperative to voluntarily deregulate.
We are the only deregulated electric Co-op in Texas and only one of a handful in the United States. NEC leadership started the conversation in 1999, and NEC voted to open to the electric choice market in 2000. In 2005, parent company, Nueces Electric Cooperative, officially introduced NEC Co-op Energy, the Co-op's competitive retail subsidiary. Today, NEC Co-op Energy serves the retail electric needs of over 33,000 members across Texas.
During this time, NEC continued to move forward. Technology was changing at a rapid pace. Computers, software, cell phones and other communication technology quickly came into the utility market. The Co-op moved from self-reading meters to electronically read meters and implemented a more advanced database system which essentially eliminated printed records. Technology is an ever-changing landscape revolutionizes the Co-op every few years. From design to GIS; from meters to billing; NEC strives to cost effectively keep abreast of technology that allows the Co-op to provide reliable and cost effective electric service to all members.
In 2008,N EC was granted a $50 million Navy Contract to build and maintain the power lines at Naval Air Station Kingsville and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. It was the first Navy contract awarded to an electric cooperative in the nation. Since then, NEC and both NAS fields have enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership and NEC has been proud to participate in Navy activities such as the Wings Over South Texas Air Show and the welcoming of several Commanding Officers.
In 2015, NEC jumped into the renewable energy market by partnering with Clean Energy Collective to build the first community solar array in the Coastal Bend. Additionally, the co-op expanded it's member education to include a renewable energy demonstration which features an education kiosk, a wind turbine, solar panels and school field trip opportunities.
Since the co-op's inception, NEC has worked hard to be a good community partner. After all, that is the co-op way and one of our 7 Cooperative Principles(link is external). For years we have enjoyed participation in area Livestock Shows and County Fairs. We provide free safety presentation to elementary schools as well youth programs and scholarship opportunities for high school juniors and seniors. Each year, the Ramiro De La Paz Memorial Scholarship Programs awards area youth with funds for college and sends several students to Washington D.C. with the NRECA Youth Tour program. Since 1997, thanks to the generosity of members who round-up their electric bill to the nearest dollar, Nueces Electric Charities has distributed over $1.5 million to area non-profits who help provide a better quality of life to members. In 1999, NEC brought the first American Cancer Society Relay For Life event to the Coastal Bend. Since that event, ACS was able to derive dozens of events that now take place through the Coastal Bend and NEC continues to support several through sponsorship and a local team. Giving back to the community is the cooperative way.
Being a member of NEC, your member-owned electric utility, will make you proud. You will enjoy all the Co-op has to offer including; membership-only events; the Annual Meeting where you have dinner with your elected Board of Directors an hear financial reports; youth programs such as scholarships, Washington D.C. trips, field trips, and inter school opportunities for programs; and most importantly money back through capital credits(link is external), your equity in the co-op as an owner.
Welcome to NEC! Please don't hesitate to contact us(link is external) anytime and be sure to keep up with co-op happenings using this website, monthly bill inserts, the monthly Texas Co-op Power Magazine (center 8 pages), or Facebook.(link is external)
Nueces Electric Cooperative, Inc, will sustain an innovative and proactive cooperative, meeting the competitive, political, regulatory and technological challenges within the changing utility industry.
The mission of Nueces Electric Cooperative, Inc, a member-owned cooperative, is to help our members continually improve their quality of life by providing reliable and cost effective electric service in a culture where safety is priority.
In keeping with the 7 Cooperative Principles, NEC further defines its values to:
- Promote employee and public safety.
- Promote energy efficiency and conservation.
- Practice environmental responsibility.
- Demonstrate financial stewardship with the highest level of ethical business practices.
- Serve members in a proactive and accessible manner.
- Value and support co-workers, cooperative, and community.
- Optimize the use of proven applicable electric industry technologies.
- Communicate issues that could impact the Cooperative and member service.
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons willing to accept the responsibilities of membership.
2. Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in making policies decisions.
3. Members’ Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.
5. Education, Training, and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives.
6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.