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About Us

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative is a non-profit, Member-owned electric utility serving more than 10,000 Members with more than 13,000 accounts spanning more than 1,800 miles of line throughout 10 northwest Ohio counties.

Hancock-Wood was founded on April 20, 1938, to provide electricity to Members in the immediate rural area. The Co-op expanded, because of demand, into other northwest Ohio counties over the decades.  Today, in addition to providing safe, reliable electric service, Hancock-Wood provides extraordinary Member benefits including Patronage Capital, Rebate Program for Energy Efficient appliances, family-oriented events, a not-to-be-missed Annual Business Meeting, improved outage response via its SCADA systems, and easy access to its successful affiliate company, Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC.

Hancock-Wood is governed by a Board of Trustees, overseeing 10 districts in portions of Allen, Erie, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties. 

Mission statement:

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative provides safe and reliable electric service, and competitive rates to our members. 

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative is an innovative organization, locally controlled and guided by cooperative principles, which provides excellent member services and energy solutions for the betterment of our members through dedicated employees, advanced technologies and community involvement.

Motto and philosophy: Members First!

Hancock-Wood facts:

  • First organized:  April 20, 1938
  • Location:  North Baltimore, OH in Wood County, near the Hancock County border
  • Number of Members:  11,000+
  • Number of Accounts: 13,000+
  • Miles of line:  1,300
  • Miles of underground line:  211
  • Padmount transformers:  2,147
  • Overhead transformers:  7,140
  • Power Poles:  35,000
  • Number of substations:  21
  • Counties served:  Allen, Erie, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot
  • Number of employees:  44

Membership organizations:

  • Buckeye Power, Inc. (BPI) - All of Ohio's 24 electric distribution cooperatives receive electricity through Buckeye Power transmission lines.
  • Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (OREC) - Electric cooperatives throughout the state also formed this organization to provide services more efficiently and economically for co-op member systems like Hancock-Wood.
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) - This service organization is dedicated to representing the national interests of cooperative electric utilities and the members they serve across the United States.  
  • Touchstone Energy® - An alliance of consumer-owned electric cooperatives dedicated to providing members with reliable, high-quality service at competitive prices.
  • Hancock-Wood also is a member of many Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups to assist communities in improving quality of life.

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We demonstrate our Concern for Community by volunteering and donating to local charitable causes. Nearly $500,000 in grants have been distributed in the last decade through grants and Operation Round Up funds to individuals and organizations in need. We also provide assistance to Habitat for Humanity, schools, churches and community events. To learn more, click on Community Involvement above. learn more

Members benefit from electric service reliability, competitive rates, money after co-op bills are paid in the form of patronage/capital credits, discounts, informative co-op publications, easy-to-access payment plans, rebates, scholarships, family-friendly Member-only events and a vote in the direction of Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op. To learn more, click on Member Benefits above. learn more

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative has granted more than $100,000 in scholarships within the last decade. An additional Power Systems Engineer (PSE) Scholarship has been added to the program. The winner of this scholarship is eligible for paid internship(s) in the co-op’s engineering department. learn more