September 2021 | Broadband Is Essential


“Broadband is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning and health care, and to stay connected — yet by one definition, more than 30 million Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimal acceptable speeds,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre said. “Broadband is as critical as electricity and water.” Do you have access?

August 1, 2021 | Thank You


by Sean Vanslyke –

During the next few months, SEMO Electric Cooperative will be sponsoring a survey that is conducted every three years to measure the quality of service provided to you, our member-owner. This survey will ask several questions about your satisfaction with the cooperative and energy usage.

July 1, 2021 | Annual Meeting Success

Leadership Team

by Sean Vanslyke –

We prayed for good weather for SEMO Electric Cooperative’s 2021 Annual Meeting and the good Lord delivered. Thank you to the members and guests who participated in the drive-thru event May 13 at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Grounds. My word to explain the day was “calm” as we were onsite for about 15 hours (the event was open to members for 10 hours) and the weather was beautiful and smiles and laughter were everywhere.

June 2021 | Courage To Help


by Sean Vanslyke –

While my wife Debbie and I were standing in line to board Southwest Flight 1966 from St. Louis, a young lady approached me with two boarding passes and asked how boarding worked. I explained the process to the couple. They took a seat, not far from where we were standing, to wait their time to board. Eye contact. Conversation ignited. It was the couple’s first flight. To say they were nervous was an understatement.

May 2021 | Annual Meeting, Family


by Sean Vanslyke –

We are going to do our best to have a little fun as we host SEMO Electric’s 2021 Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 13 at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds. Rain or shine, it will be a drive-thru event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plus, we will have a live concert from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Brothers Walker and Doug Johnson. You are welcome to park your vehicle and enjoy. We would appreciate prayers for no severe storms. Come visit with Team SEMO!

March 2020 | Going Solar?

Business Made Simple

by Sean Vanslyke –

My brother-in-law purchased a 10 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system for his home in rural Missouri. The first salesman's bid was $40,000. The second salesman's bid was $22,500. What's the difference? Not equipment. Financing costs were baked into the first bid.

February 2021 | Buying an EV?


by Sean J. Vanslyke -

While some non-profit and governmental organizations like churches and schools are exempt from property taxes, SEMO Electric Cooperative is not exempt from paying property taxes.

Each year, the Cooperative pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in local property taxes that support important social services like health care, education, and emergency management.

January 2021 | Team SEMO

Just Jones

By Sean Vanslyke –

As we look forward to 2021, thank you for your support of Team SEMO during 2020. COVID-19 provided challenges and opportunities for you and us. I pray that 2021 brings healing to your family, our country and to the world.

Since COVID-19 changed our lives starting on the evening of March 11, we took immediate action to protect you and our staff. We kept our focus on making your life better with electricity and fiber in several ways. Since 2020 was a strange year, here are some interesting items about Team SEMO’s journey.

December 2020 | 2021 Rates & Gaming

Farmer Tom

by Sean J. Vanslyke -

Effective with energy bills due in February 2021, the daily fixed charge will increase 10 cents for all rate classifications. The cooperative’s charge per unit of energy – kWh – will remain the same for all rate classifications. The incremental change to the daily fixed charge will help SEMO Electric pay its long-term debt (much like a home loan) incurred from the 2009 ice storm, schedule regular system upgrades and conduct tree trimming for more than 2,600 miles of lines. Our focus is to keep the lights on in a prudent manner.