Service FAQs

The Cooperative has five service locations open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Member service representatives are available by phone 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Member service representatives are available to help with all your service needs.

Lubbock North Office
110 North Interstate 27
Phone: (806) 775-7766
Fax: (806) 775-7796
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
8 a.m.-noon on Friday

Lubbock West Office
6506 19th St.
Phone: (806) 775-7766
Fax (806) 775-7880
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
Lobby Hours: 8 a.m.-noon on Friday
Drive thru hours: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays

Spur Office
2741 FM 836, Spur
Phone: (806) 271-3311
Fax: (806) 271-3746
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
8 a.m.-noon on Friday

Childress Office
1900 Ave. C NW, Childress
Phone: (940) 937-2565, (800) 687-2883
Fax: (940) 937-2698
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
8 a.m.-noon on Friday

Lorenzo Office
611 Hwy. 82, Lorenzo
Phone: (806) 775-7766
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
8 a.m.-noon on Friday

To speak to a member service representative for new service or account inquiries during regular business hours, call (806) 775-7766.

To make a payment by phone or check your account 24 hours a day, call our automated service at (806) 775-7811, or pay online.

To report outages 24 hours a day, use our automated reporting number at (806) 741-0111 or toll free at (888) 741-0111. For Childress District members, call the local office at (940) 937-2565 or toll free at (800) 687-2883. For Spur District members, call the local office at (806) 271-3311.

You can reach any office by dialing (806) 775-7732, (806) 775-7766 or toll free at (800) 658-2655.

We are online at

The Cooperative’s mailing address is:
South Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc.
P.O. Box 1830
Lubbock, TX 79408

It’s a good idea to periodically update your telephone number, cell phone number, email and other account information with the Cooperative. Accurate account information is important when reporting outages and mailing capital credits checks. Just call during regular business hours and review your information with a member service representative.

Electric co-ops are local energy and technology partners. Consumer-owned and not for profit, they are shaped by the specific needs of the communities they serve. This local, member-driven structure is one reason why cooperatives enjoy the highest consumer-satisfaction scores within the electric industry, according to J.D. Power and Associates and the American Customer Satisfaction Index. 

Electric cooperatives are built by and belong to the communities they serve. They are led by members from the community and are uniquely suited to meet local needs.

Co-ops earned the highest average score and had 5 of the top 7 satisfaction scores among all types of electric utilities in the J.D. Power and Associates 2020 Utility Customer Satisfaction Study. 

Electric cooperatives, on average, score higher than all other electric companies, according to the 2021 American Customer Satisfaction Index.

With the help of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who established the Rural Electrification Administration in 1935, friends and neighbors banded together to create a new kind of electric utility, where the voice of every person made a difference.

Electric cooperatives brought electric power to the countryside when no one else would and now make up the largest electric utility network in the nation. Touchstone Energy Cooperatives® is the national brand identity for that network.

Today, America’s electric cooperatives continue to answer the call. With the same focus on member needs, today’s electric cooperatives provide much more than competitively priced, reliable energy. They are committed to improving the quality of life in their communities and for the members who live there.

Did you know electric cooperatives:

  • Are located in 80% of the nation’s counties

  • Are the largest electric utility network in the nation

  • Total more than 930 local systems in 47 states

  • Have 40 million member-owners

  • Distribute power over 2.4 million miles of line

  • Serve 75% of the U.S. land mass

  • Own $112 billion in generation, transmission, and distribution assets

  • More than 80% of all local electric co-ops offer electricity generated from renewable sources.

As a cooperative organization, South Plains Electric is a not-for-profit business. The cooperative business model is governed by seven principles and four values.


  1. Voluntary and open membership – Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

  2. Democratic member control – Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. Members have equal voting rights – one member, one vote.

  3. Members’ economic participation – Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative.

  4. Autonomy and independence – Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.

  5. Education, training and information – Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

  6. Cooperation among cooperatives – Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

  7. Concern for community – While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities.


  1. Innovation – Touchstone Energy Cooperatives® offer new solutions and state-of-the-art technology to meet members’ needs.

  2. Accountability – Since members own cooperatives, they have a say and help chart the course for the business.

  3. Integrity – The cooperative business model always puts members first.

  4. Commitment to community – Electric cooperatives invest time, money and expertise to build the local economy and strengthen relationships with member-owners.

You own your share of a $470 million Cooperative Corporation serving more than 38,000 members like yourself. We have more than 10,120 miles of line serving farms, homes, industry, schools and businesses of all sizes with dependable electric service. The service area covers 6,600 square miles and most of 18 counties.

Twelve locally-elected members serve on the South Plains Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. Directors are elected for a three-year term. Directors are members like you representing all areas of the membership to ensure your needs are being met.

Click here to view our current list of directors and district map.

Electric power enriches our lives every minute of the day in many more ways than we can imagine. It often becomes the very life line of our existence and helps us progress toward a better standard of living. Electricity is supplied to your home and business in a safe and dependable manner. Now it becomes your responsibility to utilize this controlled power safely.

Each year, electricity-related incidents in the home cause about:

  • 300 electrocutions

  • 12,000 shock and burn injuries

  • 150,000 fires

At work, electricity causes about 300 related deaths each year. Sources: NSC, CPSC, OSHA.

Think carefully before working on your electric service or before fixing any electrical appliances. For more information, go to:

Your Cooperative works hard to keep outages to a minimum, but often weather and other circumstances are out of our control. It’s important to know the correct procedures for reporting an outage if one should occur. If your service is interrupted:

  • first check your fuses or breakers to make sure the problem is not your own.

  • check to see if your neighbors have service.

  • have your meter or account number ready before calling to report an outage.

  • if you know the cause of the outage (tree or limb on a power line, broken pole, etc.) be prepared to report this information.

The most efficient way to report outages 24 hours a day is to use our automated outage reporting number at (806) 741-0111 or toll free at (888) 741-0111, by texting or through the SPEC app. This system uses caller identification technology, so periodically update your information with the Cooperative and call from the outage location. If that is not possible, the system allows you to leave a detailed message about the outage location.

You may experience a busy signal when calling during a major outage. Check the Outage page for up-to-date information about outage areas and restoration efforts. During outages of 100 residential members or more, we will be posting up-to-date information on our Facebook page. You cannot report your outage via Facebook, but you can learn what happened and the progress our crews are making to restore power. If you see we are aware of outages in your area, be assured we will restore power as quickly as possible, even if you haven't personally contacted the Cooperative.

Safe digging starts when you call the Texas One Call Center. But that’s not where it ends. In fact, it’s only the first step in an ongoing process that requires everyone’s cooperation, responsiveness and good judgment. The importance of safe digging cannot be emphasized enough. 811 will locate all underground lines to your meter in the alley. However, if you are digging in your yard, you will need to call a local electrician.

  • Always call the One Call Center two working days prior to digging.

  • The number to call in Texas is 811 or go online for more information.

  • Be ready with all important information: The street address, extent and type of work, date and time of excavation, caller’s name, contractor/contact person’s address and phone number.

  • The One Call Center will give you a confirmation number for you to record.

  • Then, wait for the site to be marked! Marking could be either paint, flags or stakes.

  • Respect and protect the facility operator’s marks.

  • Dig with care! Always hand dig near marks or flags.

  • If damage, dislocation or disturbance of an underground utility line occurs, immediately notify the facility owner.

  • If damage creates an emergency, take immediate steps to safeguard health and property.

By not calling, here’s what you could get into:

  • Personal injury, including loss of life.

  • Costly property damage.

  • Damage to a variety of utility lines.

  • Costly delays and expensive repairs, legal problems or civil penalties.

The Cooperative offers a special handbook explaining electrical service and wiring installation requirements for both overhead and underground services. Download your copy before you begin any project involving your electric service. Similarly, all electrical contractors and builders are encouraged to use the handbook as a reference for the Cooperative’s requirements for new electric service and meter installations or upgrading service capacity. If you still have questions after referring to the handbook, please contact any local office for additional assistance.

The Cooperative pays for the first $2,500 of constructing new service to your home or business. We’ll send a staking engineer to your site to gather specific details. An estimate will be provided to you. If the estimate exceeds the $2,500 allowance, work will commence on your approval and payment of the balance due.

Download the Cooperative’s rates and service tariffs.

It’s a good idea to verify your rate every year. You might make changes in your usage allowing you to move into a different rate class — and that may save you money. Check with your local service office for more information.

PCRF stands for power cost recovery factor. The rate you are charged per kilowatt hour is called a base rate. The base rate includes cost recovery methods for purchasing wholesale power along with other costs of doing service. Since wholesale power costs fluctuate each month depending on the cost of fuels to generate power, the PCRF allows your Cooperative to pass along any decreases or increases without a base rate adjustment. There are no profits earned through the PCRF — it is a direct cost of purchasing wholesale power and is paid entirely to our wholesale suppliers. Remember, your Cooperative is not in business to make a profit, it is in business to provide a service.

A deposit is required for electric service because you will receive a month’s worth of electricity before the first bill is sent. The deposit is waived if an applicant:

  • can show a credit history in your name or a spouse’s name with another electric utility reflecting no more than two late notices in the past year.

  • can provide written notice of a person agreeing to guarantee payment. Guarantor must be a Cooperative member in good standing.

  • can show military identification.

  • is retired.

  • is disabled.

A residential deposit is $150. A commercial deposit is $350. For irrigation members, the deposit is $35 per horsepower per meter.

All deposits are refunded after 12 consecutive billings with no more than two delinquents. Accounts must be current before deposits are refunded. Interest is paid on all deposits.

Never pay a deposit by signing up for Co-op Power PrePay.

At South Plains Electric Cooperative, we provide a variety of ways for you to pay your bill and manage your account at your convenience.

  • Download the SPEC App to pay your bill and manage your account. First-time user enter your account number and click “forgot password” to set up new account.

  • Create an account and pay online. First-time users click on the “new user” button.

  • Make a cash payment where you shop by using SPEC CheckOut.

  • Call 806.775.7766 and select option '2' to pay by phone.

  • Sign up for Co-op Power PrePay.

  • Mail payment to:
        P.O. Box 600, Spur, TX 79370-0600

  • Visit one of our service offices:
        110 N. I-27, Lubbock
        6506 19th St., Lubbock
        2741 Farm Road 836, Spur
        1900 Ave. C NW, Childress
        611 Hwy. 82, Lorenzo

Payments are accepted at any of our five service offices during regular business hours. Payment drop boxes are available at all service office locations for making payments after hours. Never use cash to make after-hour payments.

The Cooperative offers an automatic bank draft program. Call member services at (806) 775-7766 to set up your account.

Prompt payment is always appreciated. You have 16 days from the date of the bill to pay the amount due before it is delinquent. If the 16th day falls on a holiday or weekend, the due date will be the next work day.

Co-op Power PrePay allows you to fill up your electric account, like filling up your gas tank. Instead of receiving a paper or an electronic bill each month, usage is calculated daily. Co-op Power PrePay members never pay a late charge, disconnect fee, or reconnect fee. Click here for more information.

Grounds for service disconnection include:

  • failure to pay an outstanding bill within 26 days of issuance.

  • failure to pay a delinquent account or meet the terms of a deferred payment plan.

  • service tampering.

  • continuing to operate non-standard equipment after the Cooperative has made every attempt to notify you of the problem and allow you to remedy it.

  • failure to comply with the Cooperative’s deposit and guarantee requirements.

A written notice of service termination is mailed at least 10 days prior to the disconnection date. If a Cooperative office is not open on the disconnection day so a member can make a payment, service will not be disconnected until the following regular business day.

If you are signed up with Co-op Power PrePay, you must keep a credit on your account to avoid disconnection.

Service will be immediately disconnected without notice where a dangerous condition exists. The service will remain disconnected as long as the dangerous condition exists. Service connected without proper application to the Cooperative or reconnected by unauthorized persons after termination will also be disconnected without notice. If the Cooperative’s meter or equipment is tampered with in any way, service will be terminated immediately without notice.

If your service is disconnected, you can re-establish service when all outstanding and delinquent bills are paid, the service reconnection fee is paid, equipment is brought up to code and a deposit or other evidence of payment guarantee is provided to the Cooperative.

As a member you also have the option to sign up for Co-op Power PrePay.

Deferred payment plans are sometimes available, depending on the specific situation. If you can not pay your current bill, a deferred payment arrangement may be available under the following criteria:

  • if you have not been delinquent more than two times in the past 12 months.

  • you must keep all subsequent bills current plus pay a minimum of one-third of the outstanding amount each month.

  • if you do not fulfill the terms of the agreement, your service will be terminated under standard termination procedures.

  • if you break the agreement, you void your right to another deferred payment plan or renegotiation to avoid termination.

  • the Co-op is not required to offer a deferred payment plan if you are on the service for less than three months or you are a non-residential member.

Call member services at (806) 775-7766 to review your specific situation.

Please provide us with a copy of the death certificate, letter of testamentary and addresses for all heirs. If there is not a will, you will need to provide an affidavit of heirship.

You will need to provide us with a marriage license or divorce decree. If married, we will need your spouse’s social security number, driver’s license number, phone number and email address.

We hope you will always be a Cooperative member, but if you do move and can’t continue to use our service, here are some tips to help make the transition smooth.

  • When you are ready to disconnect service and pay your final bill, just call any service location. Your meter will be read on your designated disconnection date and a final bill sent. Please provide the Cooperative with a forwarding address.

  • As a Cooperative member, you may have earned capital credits based on your usage. It’s important to keep a current mailing address on file so when the capital credits are refunded the Cooperative will be able to get a check to you. The capital credits stay on your account until refunded. So even if you have not been a member for many years, the Cooperative needs your current mailing address so we can get checks to you.

A critical need member is someone who has a critical need for electric service because a resident on the premises requires electric service to maintain life. The Cooperative maintains a list of critical need members and when an emergency situation occurs, these members are given priority status for restoring their electric service.

To establish your critical need status with the Cooperative, have your doctor contact the Cooperative.

When possible, the Cooperative will attempt to notify you prior to a planned outage, allowing you to make alternate arrangements; however, unexpected outages due to weather, animals on the lines, etc., mean that we cannot guarantee continuous electric service.  If you cannot sustain any outages, please arrange for a back-up power source.

Designation of priority status does not relieve a member of the obligation to pay for electric service, and service may be disconnected for failure to pay.

Elderly and disabled members sometimes forget to pay their electric bills, or because of illness are unable to handle their financial affairs. To assist these members and keep their electric service from being disconnected because of overdue bills, the Cooperative will mail a copy of any disconnect notice to a third party relative, clergyman, social agency, close friend or any designated individual. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please contact us at (806) 775-7766.

The Cooperative has installed automatic meter reading (AMR) equipment at most locations. This saves you money because we can efficiently and accurately read your meter from the office.

Electricity is measured by kilowatt hours (kWh). Reading your electric meter allows the Cooperative to determine how many kilowatt hours (kWh) you use in a given amount of time.

If you disagree with any aspect of the Cooperative’s service, you may request a supervisory review. If the dispute can result in service termination and the Cooperative is unable to provide a supervisory review immediately, you have five days to participate in the review before electric service will be terminated.

If you are having trouble making your electric service payment, below is a list of local help agencies that may be able to help:

Agencies to help with electric bills (some agencies are restricted to specific counties)

Aspermont Small Business Development Center, Inc.,
Kent, Stonewall, 940-989-3538; (800) 722-0137

Caprock Community Action, King, Motley, Floyd, Hale, Crosby, Dickens counties, 806-675-7307; 800-629-4164; 800-692-4164

Catholic Family Services, 806-765-8475

City of Lubbock, Community Development Department, 806-775-2309

Community Action Program, Inc., Kent & Stonewall, 915-673-5785

Contact Lubbock (a part of South Plains Association of Governments), they have the most up-to-date information on agencies, who has funds, who does not ... and they can help with a myriad of problems, such as counseling, food, rent, etc. Call 2-1-1 or 806-762-8721.

Guadalupe Economic Development, Lubbock county, 806-744-4416

Life Run Center for Independent Living, help for disability cases of people under the age of 60; 4902 34th St., Ste. 5, Lubbock 79410; (800) 429-4371, 806-795-5433

Lubbock County General Assistance, Household must include a totally disabled adult or minor child and must have been without income for 30 days, Lubbock County, 806-775-1080

Neighborhood House — Starts taking calls at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to book appointments for the next week. Often, by 9:45, the schedule is full. 806-741-0459

Panhandle Community Services, Childress, Hall, 806-372-2531 ext. 225; 800-676-4727

Rolling Plains Management, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, 940-684-1571; 800-633-0852

Salvation Army, 806-765-9434

South Plains Community Action, Garza, Hockley, Lamb, Lynn, Terry counties 806-894-6104; 806-894-4560
Bailey County 806-272-7537
Cochran County 806-266-5542
Crosby County 806-675-7307
Dickens County 806-271-4394
Floyd County 806-983-3134
Garza County 806-495-2329
Hale County 806-293-4397
Hockley County 806-894-6104
King County 806-675-7307
Lamb County 806-385-5425
Lynn County 806-998-4521
Motley County 806-347-2881
Terry County 806-637-3712
Yoakum County 806-592-5451

Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, 800-252-5400 If an elderly member is needing assistance, this toll free number is for the main agency in Austin. The Austin office will contact the appropriate county agency who will contact the member and investigate the need.

Trinity Outreach, 806-788-0501

Vetstar, formerly Veterans’ Resource Coordination Group, 806-470-9317

You can complete a form for tax exempt status with the Cooperative. The State of Texas does not allow for exemptions on franchise and gross receipts (G-tax) taxes, so even if you have filed for tax exempt status, these taxes will be on your bill.

For information on Ag/Timber Exemptions, click here.

As a member of an electric cooperative, you receive not only a needed service, but a benefit reserved for owners of a company; a return on your investment. This happens through something known as capital credits.

Capital credits come from the money left over (margins) after all expenses are paid in a given year. If margins are available, that money is credited to your account according to the amount of electricity you purchased. Assigning capital credits to members, instead of paying dividends to distant stockholders, is just part of the accountability the Cooperative offers you.

When the Cooperative’s finances permit, that money is returned to members in the form of capital credits checks.

Unlike many other businesses, cooperatives do not have shareholders who expect to make money from operation of the company. Instead, cooperative consumers are member-owners of the company. It’s a not-for-profit business that exists solely to provide its members with electricity. That’s the cooperative difference!

Being paid for patronizing your own company is just another benefit of buying your power from an electric cooperative.

You receive a free copy of Texas Co-op Power monthly as a member benefit. The center section highlights local news, events and opportunities directly related to South Plains Electric Cooperative and is our main source of communication with you.

Texas Co-op Power is like no other magazine in Texas. With a circulation of more than one million Texans — a larger circulation than Texas Highways and Texas Monthly — it’s not only the most widely read magazine in the Lone Star State, but it offers a unique perspective on rural and suburban Texas. With its roots firmly set in the proud electric cooperative tradition and with its editorial eye on a fast-growing, rapidly changing state, Texas Co-op Power offers features on daily life in contemporary Texas, stories by some of the state’s best writers, electric utility information, and tips on cooking, recreation, gardening and things to do/places to go around the state.

You are able to view the magazine online.

Touchstone Energy cooperatives are owned by the members they serve and are committed to providing reliable electricity at the lowest price possible. In short, co-ops “look out” for the members they serve. South Plains Electric is your local Touchstone Energy cooperative.

Touchstone Energy co-ops provide high standards of service according to their four core values: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

Learn more on the Touchstone Energy website.

The Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to high school seniors. The applications are available each year in January and usually have a February application deadline. View our scholarships page for more information.

The Youth Tour brings more than 1,300 high school students to Washington, D.C., every year, and has since the early 1960s. More than 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns all over America have participated in this unique program.

Students on the tour learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government. They attend educational seminars, visit with their representatives in the House and the Senate, and see the sights around Washington, D.C.

Students compete for the opportunity by participating in an interview process. The Cooperative selects students for this program through the overall strength of the applicant. Get more information if you want to join this Washington tradition.

One of the cooperative principles emphasizes our commitment to the communities we serve. Several thousand members of the Cooperative participate in an innovative program, known as Operation Round Up, to provide funding for people and projects in our local communities.

Operation Round Up receives contributions from Cooperative members whose monthly utility bills are rounded up to the next dollar. 

For example, if your monthly bill was $65.64; it is automatically rounded up to $66.00. The extra cents collected go to Operation Round Up.

The average annual contribution is about $6.00 per year. If all of the Cooperative’s members were contributing to Operation Round Up, the fund would grow by more than $250,000 annually!

Ten members, your neighbors, sit on the Operation Round Up board. They review applications and approve grants. They are also the eyes and ears in your community for potential projects.

The Cooperative implemented Operation Round Up in 1993. Most of Operation Round Up’s donations go to three categories:

  • Individuals including: victims of house fires, medical tragedies and scholarships;

  • Communities including: youth programs, school teachers, city and county projects and school projects;

  • Organizations including: Neighborhood House, Women’s Protective Services, Assist Human Needs, Backyard Missions, Salvation Army, American Red Cross and others.

Contributions to Operation Round Up are tax deductible. Learn more about Operation Round Up.

Your Cooperative is a leader in implementing state-of-the-art technologies to improve reliability and outage response – because service is our number one priority. New technologies are incorporated if research shows a benefit in service and reliability to members and/or cost savings. It’s about doing the best job better.

Being member owned allows the Cooperative to act as your advocate in today’s volatile electric industry. Your Cooperative works in your best interest when negotiating wholesale power purchases and watching legislative trends. They work hard to protect your best interests and abide by ethical business practices.

It’s also important for you to be involved with the many legislative issues currently being debated because of the threat of increasing electric bills. Read more about current legislation and how you can voice your opinion at

Yes. It’s your right and responsibility as a Cooperative member. Once a year, the Cooperative hosts an annual membership meeting to personally update you on the financial health of the Cooperative business and to elect the board of directors. Meetings are held in July for the Spur and Childress Districts and the Annual Meeting is held in August in Lubbock.

Attending the Cooperative’s business meeting is a privilege not afforded to you from other businesses. We encourage you to attend and show your interest in the Cooperative.

If you are looking for ways to cut your electric bills, check your home or business for energy efficiency. See how the little changes add up at You can investigate energy savings concepts by taking the Virtual Home Tour, watching energy efficiency-themed videos on the Touchstone Energy Web TV portal, and use interactive applications to explore in detail the actions you can take and the money you'll save.

Download these educational booklets: Home Energy Savings Guide and 101 Ways to Save Energy and Money.

As a member, you have the option to sign up for Co-op Power PrePay to closer manage your energy usage.

Click here to look at our solar page for more details on solar and give our Solar Specialist a call.

Click here to for more information on electric vehicles.