Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned full service rural
electric cooperative serving over 24,000 customers in parts of 18 Northern
Kansas Counties. Headquartered in Norton, Kansas, Prairie Land Electric's 86
employees maintain and operate approximately 6830 miles of line.
The mission of
Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc. is:
to make electric energy available to its members at
the lowest possible cost consistent with sound economy and good management.
Land Electric History
Fall of 1938 interested citizens of Norton and Decatur counties met in various
places for the purpose of organizing a rural electric company to bring the
conveniences of electricity to their farms. Other efforts having failed, they
were convinced that in order to get the job done they would have to do it
themselves. The Norton-Decatur Cooperative Electric Company, Inc. received its
charter on October 13, 1938 and became the first rural electric cooperative in
meeting of the board of trustees was held at the City Hall in Norcatur, KS on
November 7, 1938. The first certificate to operate as a utility was issued by
the Kansas Corporation Commission on December 13th that same year.
The area covered by this certificate was along Highway 383 from 8 miles east to
20 miles west of Norton and also an area south and west of the City of Norton.
meeting of the members was held at the City Hall in Norcatur on February 14,
1939, with 30 members present. The first Norton-Decatur office was in two rooms
in the Broquet building in Norton rented for $13 per month.
Norton-Decaturs first loan from the Rural Electrification Administration was
granted on May 19, 1939 in the amount of $88,000 to construct approximately 104
miles of line. The section of that construction was energized in February 1941. Due to wartime
material shortages, further construction became virtually impossible. Power was
purchased from the City of Norton.
January 1, 1997, history was made when the Northwest Kansas Electric Cooperative
Association merged into Norton-Decatur Cooperative Electric Company, Inc. The
Norton-Decatur territory now included counties from the Phillips/Smith county
line westward to the Colorado border. The first annual meeting of the merged
cooperative membership was on April 3, 1997. An important item on the agenda for
that meeting was the announcement of the merged cooperative's new name Prairie
Land Electric Cooperative Inc.
was made again on April 1, 2007 when Prairie Land and the other five members of
Mid-Kansas Electric Company, LLC completed an acquisition of the West Plains
Kansas electric properties owned by Aquila, Inc. With that transaction, Prairie
Lands electric service area extended eastward to include customers in Smith,
Osborne, Jewell, Mitchell, Republic, Cloud, Washington, and Clay counties.
Several counties already in the Prairie Land service area Rooks, Phillips, and
Norton gained new customers from the acquisition as well.
Prairie Land Electric Key Statistics
Total Utility Plant
of Line 6,968
Operating Revenue $66,113,176
Number of Consumers
Number of Employees
Meters per Mile of Line