Founded in 1939, Washington Electric Co-op is a consumer-owned utility serving 10,500 households and businesses in 41 rural towns in Orange, Washington and Caledonia Counties. The Co-op's members receive approximately two-thirds of their electricity from WEC's landfill gas generating plant in Coventry. WEC has also operated its own small hydro plant at the Wrightsville reservoir since the 1980s. WEC was an early supporter of First Wind's project in Sheffield and will be receiving a portion of that facility's output. In 2006, Washington Electric Co-op was honored to receive REV's Renewable Energy Industry Champion Award.