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NMRECA is a Statewide Not-for-Profit Service Organization

The mission of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association is to strengthen, support, unify, and represent Cooperative member interests at the local, state, and national levels.

Organized in 1944 and headquartered in Santa Fe, NMRECA represents the interest of the state's electric cooperatives and their members through actively working to protect cooperative interests before regulatory, political and governmental bodies as well as the general public; administering the New Mexico Rural Electric Self-Insurer’s Fund, a workers’ compensation fund owned by New Mexico’s rural electric cooperatives; and coordinating specialized training for its members.

It assists in arranging training programs for directors, managers and employees with outside agencies and consultants. NMRECA provides advocacy and general communications through newsletters, directories, websites, the annual Legislative Almanac, and its monthly magazine, enchantment, which give New Mexico’s electric cooperatives a united forum to communicate with their members. 

Who Do We Serve?

New Mexico's rural electric cooperatives provide vital utility services to over 211,000 New Mexico families and businesses who own their electric cooperatives. They control its bylaws, vote on any significant changes in its operations and elect trustees to direct its activities. Their cooperatives serve approximately 80 percent of the land mass in New Mexico, from Chama in the north to the oil fields of the Permian Basin in the southeast; from the northeastern grasslands to the bootheel desert. The cooperatives protect the interests of their consumers-members through the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

There are 18 rural electric distribution cooperatives in New Mexico and two generation and transmission cooperatives that are members of NMRECA. Fifteen of the 18 distribution cooperatives and the two generation and transmission cooperatives are full members of NMRECA, and the three remaining distribution cooperatives are associate members. Ten of the 15 distribution cooperatives who are full members of NMRECA receive wholesale power from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association headquartered in Westminster, Colorado. Four are members of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative headquartered in Anadarko, Oklahoma; and one distribution cooperative receives power from an independent wholesale power supplier. To see a complete list, click here.

The enchantment magazine highlights people and places served by New Mexico’s cooperatives and focuses on the issues facing rural Americans. Nearly 100,000 cooperative members, community leaders and subscribers receive the enchantment. NMRECA also represents its members before state and federal legislatures, analyzes proposed legislation for its potential effect on electric cooperatives and, when directed by the membership, pursues legislative initiatives on behalf of cooperatives. 


The New Mexico distribution cooperatives have invested over $1.3 billion to provide reliable electric service to their members. They employ over 800 New Mexicans as lineworkers, customer service representatives, engineers, warehouse operators, and other positions.


The cooperatives are active in promoting and providing renewable energy resources and energy efficient rebate programs for consumer-members. They also offer a green power program to consumer-members who have the opportunity to purchase renewable energy.


The co-ops collectively operate one of the largest non-governmental scholarship programs in New Mexico. Over 500 New Mexico scholars receive over $920,000 per year from non-profit foundations founded and funded by the state’s electric cooperatives. They sponsor the Government-in-Action Youth Tour and promote electrical safety in schools, including the annual Safety Poster Coloring Contest. 
Electric Distribution Cooperative Members of NMRECA
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