About Us Who We Are

Pioneer is committed to Powering Communities

Our Mission

Pioneer Electric Cooperative is committed to exceeding the energy needs and expectations of our consumer-members by providing safe, high quality and responsive service at fair prices.

Who We Are

Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric distribution utility headquartered in Piqua, Ohio. We also have a district facility in Urbana, Ohio, providing quicker response times during outage situations and continued operations in case of a disaster.

The cooperative serves residential, commercial, and large industrial members throughout rural Miami, Champaign, and Shelby counties, as well as portions of the eight surrounding counties — Mercer, Auglaize, Logan, Union, Madison, Clark, Montgomery, and Darke.

How We Operate

Even though Pioneer provides electric power to its members, it is the membership that powers the cooperative. Members have a voice in the operation of their electric utility and vote for their board of trustees, a group of members who govern the co-op. Members have equal representation in Pioneer despite their size or number of service accounts — one member equals one vote. We are particularly responsive to the needs and expectations of our members because they are also our owners.

Power Supply Portfolio

Buckeye Power, Inc., formed in 1959 and based out of Columbus, Ohio, is the generating cooperative supplying power to, and owned by the 24 electric distribution cooperatives, including Pioneer, in Ohio, as well as Midwest Energy, based in Cassopolis, Michigan.

The cooperatives have invested a significant amount of money to make Cardinal Power Plant, the coal-fired power station near Brilliant, Ohio, among the cleanest units in the world.

COAL is our main source of power.
NATURAL GAS is used for peak generation.
RENEWABLE SOURCES equal approximately 5% of supply.