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.