What Is MESO?
Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) is an association of municipally-owned electric utilities that provide electric service to over 400,000 residents. Currently, 63 cities offer retail electric utility services in Oklahoma.
MESO was established in 1971 when representatives from several cities met in Stillwater to establish the organization for the purposes of information sharing and mutual support.
In 1978, MESO hired its first full-time staff in response to the energy pressures of the 1970’s. A contract with the Oklahoma Municipal League provided the association with office space, equipment, and support services.
MESO is governed by a set of by-laws approved by the membership. Included in the by-laws is a provision that states the association will be overseen by an eleven-member Board of Directors elected for staggered terms during the annual membership meeting. The Board meets monthly to review association activities and provide direction for the staff.
Administrative functions of the association are handled by an executive director who is responsible for day-to-day operations. Accounting and support functions are the responsibility of the office manager.