EnerStar Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit rural electric distribution cooperative serving 5,300 household and business accounts within the east central Illinois counties of Edgar, Clark, Coles, Vermilion, and Douglas.
EnerStar territory covers 1,000 square miles and serves 3.5 members per mile of line-- a green prairie community in the heart of the Midwest. Cooperative headquarters are in Paris, Illinois, home to 9,000 residents, and offering all the advantages of a small town: tree-lined streets, steepled churches, a Carnegie library, movie theater, 18-hole golf course with clubhouse, many parks, local hospital/medical resources, and sleek fitness centers. Beautiful Twin Lakes Park offers area children a new splash park and all-abilities playground, and the town boasts a brand new high school campus with an amazing, Broadway-rivaling theater and fine arts center.
EnerStar territory also offers abundant outdoor recreational opportunities with two state parks, Lincoln Trail State Park, and Walnut Point State Park, and the busy Mill Creek Lake and Park with its famed Fay Pickering Memorial Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail. Spring mushroom hunting is a highly prized spor...t in our local area woods, and deer, turkey, and water fowl hunting rank right up there!
A short 15-minute drive east of EnerStar country lands you in Terre Haute, Indiana, with its 3 universities, museums, parks, theaters, shopping malls, and much more. In the opposite direction, a short drive west of EnerStar territory puts you in the heart of Amish country, where you can purchase fresh bread and newly churned butter and see self-sufficiency and hard work succeeding in a strong spiritual community. But if big city life beckons, the surrounding metro cities of Indianapolis, St Louis, and Chicago are all within a 1, 2, or 3-hour drive.
Company History: EnerStar was founded in 1938 through the Rural Electric Administration with the mission of bringing lights and electricity to farms and homesteads in Edgar County. The first lines on the system were energized in July of 1939.
Since that time, EnerStar has expanded its territory and has been an active participant in its rich, grounded, and tightly knit Midwestern farming community, supporting partnerships with local members, events, and area businesses. In a new and exciting effort to serve the members' energy needs and the growing demand for clean and renewable energy, EnerStar is offering participation in a community solar farm located at its headquarters.
EnerStar's 9-member board and 21 employees believe strongly in their mission statement: EnerStar exists to reliably distribute affordable electricity to its member-owners while upholding our values of integrity, accountability, and commitment to our community.