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Western Cooperative Electric Association, Inc. was formed in May of 1945 to bring electricity to friends and neighbors in eight counties in Northwest Kansas: Ellis, Gove, Graham, Ness, Rooks, Rush, Trego, and Sheridan.

With the Aquila purchase in April 2007 we have added the five counties of Osborne, Russell, Barton, Lincoln, and Ellsworth.

Today Western serves 12,278 meters, maintains 3,973 miles of line, and employs 56 full-time employees. With headquarters located in WaKeeney, Kansas, and outposts in Olmitz, Plainville, and Ellsworth, Western Cooperative Electric provides agricultural, commercial and industrial consumers with reliable electrical power and excellent service.

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