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The Realities of Renewable Power

There’s certainly a buzz in rural circles these days about renewable power. Wind farms, for example, are generally built on wide-open spaces or ridgetops; methane gas from livestock waste can be burned to produce power; trees, grass, and crop stalks can be shoveled into boilers or converted to other forms of fuel.

Co-ops are all around us.



So how did you spend your day? Chances are cooperatives were a big part of it from dawn until bedtime. Take a moment to read this quick overview of how co-ops might be impacting you every day.

How to create positive change with Operation Round Up

I’m sure you would agree with me that generosity is a veracious characteristic trait we should all pursue.  Most Christians stand by the principle that “you can’t out give God” and as a cooperative member, it is important to remember the charitable mindset that founded our industry. 


Energy Camp and Youth Tour Contests now open

Entry forms for SWRE’s annual youth essay contests are currently available.


Are you Cybersecure?

SWRE Participates in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Southwest Rural Electric will be participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) this October. By participating, SWRE will help raise awareness about cyberthreats and ways to stay secure.

Why Geothermal Heat Pumps are an Efficient Choice

As a member-owned cooperative, Southwest Rural Electric always looks for products and services that serve the needs of members. We also look for ways to keep our rates low.

One product that is good for all our members and our co-op as a whole is the geothermal heat pump. When installed in a home, geothermal heat pumps provide 100% heating and cooling.

Automated Telephone Bill Pay Line Now Available


Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative has a new telephone line that can make it easier for members to pay their utility bills.

Simmons named as SWRE CEO


Kenneth E. Simmons has been named as the new CEO of Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative. He replaces longtime CEO Mike Hagy who will retire in early January.

Simmons is a 35-year veteran of the electric co-op industry. He comes to SWRE from Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative in Carrollton, Georgia, where he served as Manager of System Design.

Community solar available to SWRE Members

Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative is offering its members the opportunity to purchase solar power.

SWRE and its power provider, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, are currently constructing two solar fields – a 250 kW field in the Frederick area and a 100 kW field south of Vernon.

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