Since the 1930’s, not-for-profit electric cooperatives have a proud history of providing power to their members. Throughout our 70 plus years of service, our sincere commitment to providing reliable electricity and the highest quality service, at cost, has remained constant.
On January 1, 2017, FreeState Electric Cooperative will become the consolidated cooperative of the former Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative and Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative. FreeState will uphold the same values, and service members have come to expect since 1940 and 1937.
The newly formed cooperative is the largest rural electric cooperative in eastern Kansas, with more than 14,740 member-owners. It functions as a democratic, non-profit organization. We are controlled by our members who actively participate in setting cooperative policy and making decisions in the best interest of the cooperative. Unlike investor-owned utilities, our profits are returned to our members in the form of capital credits.
Trustees, who are also members govern FreeState Electric Co-op.
The Board of Trustees and staff make every decision based upon the six core values that have guided us from the beginning and will guide us into the future, as FreeState Electric Cooperative. We strive to be:
- Transparent: We are open and honest in our dealings with our members, employees, and other stakeholders.
- Ethical: We do what is right and are accountable to our members.
- Safe: We look out for the well-being of each other, our members and the general public.
- Dedicated: We are committed to working together as a team to serve our members and communities.
- Progressive: We continually seek opportunities to find new and better ways to achieve member satisfaction and operational efficiencies.
- Respectful: We treat everyone we encounter with compassion and professionalism.
The rural electric and utility industry is changing all around us. To continue to thrive over the next ten years, and beyond, we must look ahead, understand the forces and trends that will shape our industry moving forward and prepare and remain proactive moving forward. Our vision and mission are a long-term destination goal for FreeState Electric Cooperative. Our vision and mission, along with our core values provide an action plan as we look to the future, and continuing to serve our members while making them our No. 1 priority.
Our vision is to earn the trust of our members and partners one interaction at a time.
Our Mission at FreeState Electric Cooperative is to be an innovative, member-driven electric cooperative that exceeds our member's needs for safe, reliable, and cost-effective energy services.
We are member owned. We are member driven. We are FreeState Electric cooperative.
We look forward to serving you.
FreeState Electric Cooperative, Inc., is not subject to the jurisdiction, regulation, supervision and control of the Kansas Corporation Commission, except as specified in K.S.A. 66-104d(f).
Statement of Non-Discrimination
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
FreeState prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
FreeState is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Services (RUS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and the rules of the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information shall be excluded in participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of the Cooperative’s program or activities.
FreeState conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Additionally, FreeState will take action to employ, advance in employment, and treat veterans and disabled veterans without discrimination in all employment practices. This policy of equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, training, working conditions, wages and salary administration, employee benefits, and application of policies.