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America’s Cooperative Electric Utilities –
The Nation’s Consumer Owned Electric Utility
Network Electric Cooperatives are:

  • private independent electric utility businesses,
  • incorporated under the laws of the states in which they operate,
  • established to provide at-cost electric service,
  • owned by the consumers they serve,
  • governed by a board of directors elected from the membership, which sets policies and procedures that are implemented by the cooperatives’ professional staff.

Distribution cooperatives deliver electricity to the consumer. Generation and transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) generate and transmit electricity to distribution co-ops. In addition to electric service, many electric co-ops are involved in community development and revitalization projects, e.g., small business development and jobs creation, improvement of water and sewer systems, and assistance in delivery of health care and educational services.

Statewide Associations

In 38 of the 46 states in which electric cooperatives operate, statewide associations provide a unified voice that speaks to the general public, regulatory bodies and state legislatures on behalf of their members. These associations are voluntarily supported, governed by representatives of the member cooperatives and offer commonly desired services. Thirty-two statewide associations publish newspapers or magazines for the co-op consumer-owners, reaching more than six million readers each month.

National Representation

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) represents the national interests of cooperative electric utilities. NRECA provides legislative, legal and regulatory services; and programs in insurance, management and employee education, training, consulting, public relations and advertising. NRECA and its member cooperatives also support energy and environmental research and administer a program of technical advice and assistance in developing countries around the world.

Cooperative Businesses

More than 100 million people are members of 47,000 U.S. cooperatives, enabling consumers to secure a wide array of goods and services such as health care, insurance, housing, food, heating fuel, hardware, credit unions, child care and utility services.

Support Powerline Workers

 

21 hours ago

Cooperative Living Magazine

Thanks for taking the time meet with our Youth Tour students, Congressman Denver Riggleman!This morning I welcomed students from the Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and Southside Electric Cooperative
Youth tour who came up to DC to learn about how government works. It was so great to meet you all!
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Each June, more than 1,800 young people from around the U.S. head to Washington, D.C., as part of the NRECA Youth Tour. Participants learn about the role that electric cooperatives play in a free enterprise system, especially as it relates to providing electric energy. During the Youth Tour, which is happening this week, students visit Capitol Hill, meet with members of Virginia’s congressional delegation, tour the U.S. Capitol Building, enjoy a dinner cruise down the Potomac River, a Washington Nationals baseball game, sightseeing at iconic U.S. monuments, museums, and much more! Enjoy these photos from the 2019 Youth Tour happening this week! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

Cooperative Living Magazine

WOW! What a sight to see! ⚡️

As summer storms continue to pop up, lightning safety is an important subject to keep in mind. Find a safe, enclosed shelter. The main lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away. For more lightning safety tips, visit: www.cdc.gov/features/lightning-safety/index.html.

ABC 13 - WSET
Wait for it..... WOW! Look at this lightning crawl across the sky on I-35 south Sunday night!

Thanks to Felipe Vial for sending it in. Send your weather video here: cbsaustin.com/chimein
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