FEC: Our Co-Op

Our Mission Statement

“As a member owned cooperative, we strive to provide competitive and reliable service, achieve the highest level of member satisfaction and enhance the quality of life in our communities.”

Flathead Electric Cooperative, Inc., was established to bring electric service to rural areas of the Flathead Valley. Since 1937, it has grown from a small company serving a handful of rural homes and farms into the largest electric cooperative in Montana, with a mix of rural and urban residential, commercial, and industrial members.

Flathead Electric is proud to be a locally owned and operated cooperative run for the benefit of our member/owners. FEC ByLaws

Our History

When a group of neighbors banded together in 1937 to bring power to their homes and farms, they could never have anticipated the fruit that their efforts would bear.

In December 1938, the first 82 miles of Flathead Electric line were energized and 117 farm homes in the Kalispell area glowed with electricity for the first time. It was the beginning of a new era of convenience and progress, brought about by people working together toward a common goal.

Many things have changed since those first miles of line were energized, but the cooperative spirit of neighbor helping neighbor on which Flathead Electric was founded still guides our business today.

We’ve grown from those first 117 members to more than 48,000 members, from a tiny rural utility to a business that serves a variety of residential and commercial members. We now have 4,500 miles of overhead and underground power lines, and we serve the entire Flathead Valley and Libby, along with several hundred members along the Montana-Wyoming border.

Flathead Electric is now the second largest electric utility in Montana, ready for the challenges and changes of the 21st Century. But one thing hasn’t changed. We’re still neighbors; a local company owned by those we serve.

Who regulates FEC?
A nine member Board of Trustees, elected by cooperative members to represent each of nine service districts, governs Flathead Electric.