A member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, West Central Electric Cooperative was formed in 1939 to bring electricity to rural areas. Rural Missourians began the co-op when existing utilities believed that energizing the countryside wasn't a profitable venture.

There are 40 rural electric cooperatives in the state of Missouri. WCE now provides power to more than 14,400 meters through 2,600 miles of line in five counties, including Lafayette, Johnson, Eastern Jackson and a small part of Cass and Pettis counties. The company's headquarters is located in Higginsville, Missouri, with a branch office in Oak Grove, Missouri.