North Central Texas was a little different when Wise Electric got its start in 1938. Nine out of ten rural homes didn’t have electric power. Light came from kerosene lanterns and no one had cell phones to charge. A few years earlier, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Rural Electrification Administration. The REA lent funds to cooperatives like us to build lines and establish electricity in rural areas. Today, most rural power is the product of locally owned electric cooperatives.
Although we started in Wise County, our service area now extends to seven counties: Clay, Cooke, Denton, Jack, Parker, Montague and Wise. Over 17,000 members power Wise Electric, and we send electricity over 3,350 miles of energized line and 150 miles of underground line.
These fine folks advocate for your interests in the Texas legislature, publish Texas Co-op Power Magazine and provide crucial services to our employees.