Lane Electric is one of 18 rural electric cooperatives in the state of Oregon and serves almost 13,000 electric accounts over 1,479 miles of power line, including 54 miles of energized transmission line. Each of these cooperatives are members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) which has approximately 850 cooperative members serving 36 million people in 47 states across the U.S. Lane Electric is also one of 16 member cooperatives of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association (ORECA) specializing in electric cooperative issues in the State of Oregon.
As a rural electricity distribution cooperative, Lane Electric’s primary mission is to provide safe, reliable, and economical electric service to its member/owners in rural Lane County. (Watch a short video about the history of Lane Electric.) We are highly involved in our local communities and offer a variety of programs for elementary, middle and high school students in our area. We also support local businesses, promote economic development, and are highly involved with local youth sports programs.
We offer many different programs and services developed to assist our residential, commercial and industrial customers. While our programs are based on timing and funding availability, we always look for better and more cost efficient ways to deliver a full slate of member programs. View a summary of our most current programs.
We’ve also provided a Utility Terms and Acronym List (PDF) used in the electrical industry.
History of Lane Electric Cooperative
Lane Electric Cooperative was incorporated on May 17, 1939, to provide rural electric service on a cooperative basis to areas in Lane County that were not being served by other utilities. The first area of service was the upper end of the McKenzie valley with more expansion soon to come. Lane Electric celebrated their 75th anniversary on May 17, 2014, with a very successful and well attended open house.
Today, Lane Electric’s service territory covers 2,600 square miles including Forest Service land along our eastern boundary in the Cascade Mountains to Linn County on our northern boundary, the Row River valley and Oakridge to our south, and the eastern edge of the city of Veneta as our western boundary. Our service territory surrounds islands of service by the Eugene and Springfield municipal utilities, the Emerald PUD and service by PP&L to several towns along the I-5 corridor. The cities and towns Lane Electric serves in or near include:
- Blue River
- Cottage Grove
- Culp Creek
- Fall Creek
- Pleasant Hill
The electric service in some of these areas is split between utilities where there are adjoining service territory boundaries.
Board Districts & Members
As a cooperative, Lane Electric is owned by our member/owners who exercise their control by electing a total of 7 board members by residential district. The board of directors determine the strategic plans, the general operating policies, the electric rates and the annual operating budget for the cooperative. The 7 board members are elected from four Board Districts to each serve a three-year term. The four board member districts are the Central District, the McKenzie District, the Row River District and the Oakridge District.
The General Manager is responsible for implementing the board directions and guidelines through the staff in the day-to-day operations of the cooperative.
Annual & District Meetings
For many years, Lane Electric held a single, big tent event for their annual meeting of the membership in the Fall as directed by the bylaws. Typically, the annual meeting was held at Churchill High School in Eugene on a Saturday morning. More recently, Lane Electric began taking the annual meeting on the road to each of the local communities they serve, in the form of “district meetings”.
Each year, 4-6 district meetings, similar in format to the annual meeting, rotate around Lane Electric’s service area providing the membership with reports about the preceding year’s accomplishments. The official annual meeting, which gives members the opportunity to vote on bylaw changes and vote on board member positions up for election, takes place either at the last district meeting or following that month’s board meeting. All Lane Electric members can vote (by mail or at the meetings) on each director position regardless of the director district. In addition to the voting, reports are presented by the board president, the general manager and the manager, office & staff services on the prior year’s operations, current challenges and evolving opportunities. There is also time provided so members present can ask questions of the board and staff.
For More Information
For general comments and questions, you may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or please submit them on the back of your electric bill in the area for comments. We read and respond to comments from our members.
You can also call Lane Electric at 541-484-1151, fax us at 541-484-7316 or stop by our office at 787 Bailey Hill Road in Eugene.
If you prefer to use the regular mail, our mailing address is:
Lane Electric Cooperative, Inc.
787 Bailey Hill Road
Eugene, OR 97402