Facts

Facts At A Glance

900 distribution and 60 G&T cooperatives serve:
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34 million people in 46 states.

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13 million businesses, homes, schools, churches, farms, irrigation systems, and other establishments in 2,500 of 3,128 counties in the U.S.

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11 percent of the nation's population.

To perform their mission, electric cooperatives:
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own assets worth $70 billion,

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own and maintain 2.3 million miles, or 44%, of the nationís electric distribution lines, covering three quarters of the nation's landmass,

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deliver 7.9 percent of the total kilowatt-hours sold in the U.S. each year,

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generate 4 percent of the total electricity produced in the U.S. each year,

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employ nearly 60,000 people in the United States.

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During 1997, electric cooperatives paid more than $707 million in state and local taxes.

Compared with other electric utilities:
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Co-op sales grew twice as fast as the total electric industry average in 1998.

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Co-ops serve an average of 6 consumers per mile of line and collect annual revenue of approximately $7,900 per mile of line,

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Investor-owned utilities average 33 customers per mile of line and

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collect $61,000 per mile of line,

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Publicly owned utilities, or municipals, average 43 consumers and

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collect $71,000 per mile of line.

 

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