Inter County Energy Cooperative

1009 Hustonville Road
Danville, KY 40422
P: +1 859-236-4561

Mission Statement

Our economic development mission at Inter-County Energy Cooperative is to  serve our members and potential members through accountability, innovation, integrity and a commitment to community by being involved in local economic development partnerships.

EDO History and Background

Our History
In 1935 only 10% of American farms were receiving electricity. In fact, smaller nations of the world were significantly ahead of the U.S. in rural electrification. For example, Sweden had 65%; Denmark 85%; Japan 90%; France 98%; and the Netherlands 100%. To help rural Americans get electricity, the Rural Electrification Administration, referred to as R.E.A., (currently referred to as RUS, Rural Utilities Service), was created on May 11, 1935 by an Executive Order of the President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The purpose of the Rural Electrification Administration was to make long term, low interest loans to utility companies to construct electric lines in the rural areas. Even though the long term, low interest rate loans were available through R.E.A., the existing electric companies turn a deaf ear to rural America when they requested electric service. The Electric Co-op Turns On Since no one else was willing to serve the sparsely populated rural areas with electric power, rural people organized their own businesses and served themselves by forming electric cooperatives. With borrowed monies from the Rural Electrification Administration, the cooperative constructed lines into rural areas. On June 14, 1937, a small group of people from Boyle, Garrard, and Marion counties met in the Farm Bureau Office in Danville, Kentucky and officially organized Inter-County Energy. The first lines in Inter-County Energy's service areas were energized from the Perryville Substation on June 10, 1938. The Garrard Substation was energized on August 24, 1938, and the Marion county Substation was energized in September, 1938. From this humble beginning, Inter-County Energy had grown tremendously. A Surge In Power People in adjoining counties contacted Inter-County Energy in an effort to get electric power into their areas. As a result, Inter-County Energy now serves in twelve (12) counties. The counties are Boyle, Lincoln, Marion, Garrard, Mercer, and Casey, Nelson, Washington, Larue, Taylor, Madison and Rockcastle. As of December 31, 2019, Inter-County Energy served 26,538 members on 3,928 miles of line. Past history of Inter-County Energy's members indicate that they double their kilowatt-hour usage, or electric power consumption about every seven to nine years. In recent years, the growth rate has slowed down due to conservation and consumers using more efficient equipment. As of December 31, 2019, the average monthly kilowatt-hour consumption per consumer was 1,174. Due to members requiring more power, the system must continually be improved. That's why each year the cooperative is required to replace miles and miles of single-phase lines with multi-phase lines, plus we increase the capacity of the system by re-insulating lines that were carrying 7,200 volts and make them capable of carrying 14,400 volts. This is a costly process, but is necessary in order that the cooperative may continue to provide the quality of electric power that our members are used to.
Inter-County's office on West Walnut Street from May 1938 to April 1940. Mr Achee, pictured here, was the first Inter-County Energy Cooperative manager.

Services and Programs

We offer a variety of programs designed to promote energy efficiency that can be used by each our rate classes from residential to our large industrial loads. 

We have programs that allow our residential members to save energy while living more comfortably.

We have services that address various ways for our larger energy consumers to take advantage of such as infrared surveys of electrical systems, power factor correction and energy cost control.

These programs and services are free for our members. 

Service Territory

Inter-County Energy's service territory can be seen by the map below along with the neighboring rural electric cooperatives.  

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 106,727  
Median Age
Boyle County, KY 40.3  
Casey County, KY 42.9  
Garrard County, KY 42.7  
Lincoln County, KY 40.5  
Marion County, KY 39.7  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 11,801 16.13%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 59,156 80.86%
Civilian Labor Force 45,982 53.77%
Median Household Income
Boyle County, KY $43,274  
Casey County, KY $34,457  
Garrard County, KY $49,888  
Lincoln County, KY $39,833  
Marion County, KY $38,544  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Blue Grass
Louisville Muhammad Ali Intl
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius Bowling Green-Warren County Rgnl
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Addington Field
Capital City
Central Kentucky Rgnl
Columbia-Adair Co
Lake Cumberland Rgnl
Lebanon Springfield-George Hoerter Field
Russell County
Samuels Field
Stuart Powell Field
Taylor County
Wayne County