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Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) is a member owned Electric Distribution Cooperative. KCEC is one of 13 electric cooperatives that serve rural New Mexico communities, and one of 44 distribution cooperatives receiving power from Tri-State Generation and Transmission, of Denver, Colorado. KCEC serves over 29,497. members in Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba Counties. Formed in 1944, KCEC is the second largest cooperative in the State of New Mexico. In the 1990s, the electrical deregulation movement brought unprecedented changes to the utility industry. Cooperatives like KCEC who have long served their members, begin to see the lines between utility services become blurred. At the 1998 Annual Meeting the current board was instructed by the membership to explore the possibility of diversifying into like businesses that were at that time not meeting the needs of the membership. In 2001, the board was expanded to 11 members due to the growth of KCEC's service area. With the new board and the member mandate, the work began and improvements of the cooperative facility begin to take shape.  The old KCEC Building was renovated and a new KCEC facility was constructed with additional space to include a 10,000 square foot building to help provide economic development to Taos County. The building included all new offices, an in-house billing room, two efficiencies to house standby employees, and plenty of space for expansion. The cooperative also constructed satellite offices in all five of the districts it serves. Outreach community programs are with the Public Relations Department to keep its members informed of the projects and programs it offers.

 
In preparation for deregulation, KCEC also created three divisions to offer cooperative members different services. Along with Electrical Service, these include Internet Service, Telecommunications Service, Internet Service, and Propane Service.KCEC expanded into Telecommunications to offer a wide range of services to the community and began providing Internet access. Kit Carson Internet has been in business since January of 2000 and now has approximately 3000 users. Kit Carson Internet provides local dial up, DSL, Wireless, Web Hosting and Wild Blue Satellite, access to all of its members in our service territory.   
 
KCEC implemented finance program where KCEC would finance up to $1,000 on a computer for customers in good standing. Combined with our new Internet services, more and more of our customers begin cruising on the Information Highway. KCEC also provides free public access computers at its main and satellite offices for the general public and in collaboration with the Town of Taos at the Taos Youth and Family Center for communities.
 
Kit Carson Energy, Inc. became a subsidiary of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc. in January 2010. We are a member owned full service propane company. We offer a variety of payment and delivery options. Please call us at 575-758-7757 for more information.
 
Interested in preserving a healthy environment, KCEC was the first New Mexico Cooperative offering the Green Power Option to its members. KCEC offers 100 kWh blocks of wind-generated energy to customers who prefer to use alternative energy. In cooperation with the "dark skies" campaign, KCEC has shielded Taos County lights in an effort to reduce light pollution. Luis Reyes, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of the co-op says, "At KCEC we're very interested in helping the community and contributing to the market that supports them. We want to be a good neighbor and benefit the community." KCEC provides scholarships to deserving college-bound seniors from its service area through its foundation. The Board of Trustees set up the KCEC Foundation, a private 501(c) (3) with KCEC unclaimed capital credits to set up the Scholarship Fund as well as to provide monetary grants to non-profit and community organizations.
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