About Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative


There’s a vibrant new energy taking shape across America; members like you are transforming rural and small communities.

CNMEC is an electric cooperative, built by the communities we serve to deliver reliable, sustainable and affordable energy. And, because we answer to local members like you, rather than out-of-town shareholders, our electric cooperative has a unique understanding of our local needs. In fact, many of our leaders and employees live right here in the community.

Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative is a community-focused organization, providing jobs and investing in the community through programs like the Estancia Valley Economic Development Association (EVEDA) and the Rural Electric Economic Development Program (REEDP) and giving back to the community through the CNMEC Scholarship Foundation and the NRECA Youth Leadership Tour to Washington, D.C.

            Being a member of a cooperative distinguishes you from other electric utility consumers, as well as other business relationships, in important ways.

  • Co-op leaders are members of our local community. Our eight board members live right here in our local area and are elected by co-op members just like you. Board members serve three-year terms and elections are held at our annual meeting each spring.
  • We belong to the communities we serve. Since we are a cooperative, any excess revenue is shared back with members, over time.
  • We follow the same seven cooperative principles that all cooperative businesses follow.

Though we are local and cover over 4500 miles of line with more than 13500 members in 11 counties, we’re also part of something bigger. Across the country, electric cooperatives work together to restore power during major outages, develop new technologies and build infrastructure that benefits us all.

In addition, through energy efficiency programs we’re always looking for new ways to help our members save energy, save money and take advantage of the technology that’s changing the way we live and work.

The opportunity to create something new here, while embracing traditional community values, has never been greater. It’s a passion we share with you, our members, for making our community a place we’re all proud to call home.

That’s the source of our new energy at Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative.

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