Member-Customer Benefits

TEC’s combined buying power provides reliable inventory at a lower cost.

Financial stability and strength in the marketplace save member-customers time and money. An organization working alone has limited power to negotiate pricing with large manufacturers; TEC leverages the combined buying power of all member-customers, which saves time and lowers cost. TEC’s shared inventory and statewide warehouse network ensures availability.

At TEC, we never forget that our cooperative customers own us. As part of that ownership, co-ops also receive the benefit of capital credits.

Buying Power

TEC combines our customers’ $600 million purchasing power to leverage the best pricing.

TEC leverages the $600 million buying power of 76 electric distribution and generation and transmission cooperatives throughout Texas. This combined buying power gives TEC a strong negotiating position with manufacturers to achieve the best value for our members and municipal customers across the state.

When negotiating pricing with manufacturers, individual electric cooperatives and many municipalities have historically been disadvantaged compared to large IOUs. Today, TEC’s aggregated buying power positions us to negotiate for our customers with the same clout as much larger companies.


Shared Inventories

TEC’s $400 million in emergency response inventory means we have what you need, when you need it.

TEC provides quick access to our large inventory of utility supplies through our statewide distribution network.

In addition to our local inventory, as one of nine members of the Electric Utility Distributors Association, TEC offers access to more than $400 million in shared national inventory. With a combined revenue of over $1 billion, EUDA provides the buying power to help keep costs low for our members while maintaining large inventories to ensure that we have the materials you need.

TEC's strength has always been its ability to combine the resources of our members to help them achieve more than they could on their own. Working cooperatively is still the foundation of our organization, and we apply the same principles to benefit our members in today's marketplace. Johnny Andrews Chief Operating Officer TEC Utility Supply & Services