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“What’s a cooperative anyway?”  “What’s the difference between an electric co-op and an investor-owned utility?” “How can I find out more about electric co-ops?”  Why do cooperatives call their customers member-owners?  What’s a G&T co-op? What does NRECA stand for? What role does a statewide association play in relation to co-ops? “What’s a cooperative anyway?”  “What’s the difference between an electric co-op and an investor-owned utility?” “How can I find out more about electric co-ops?”  Why do cooperatives call their customers member-owners?  What’s a G&T co-op? What does NRECA stand for? What role does a statewide association play in relation to co-ops?

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.

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A Trip To The Zoo!

Cooperative Living magazine’s 18th annual Youth Art Contest is now underway and all youthful artists are invited to show us your best work!

The theme for this year’s Youth Art Contest is “A Trip to the Zoo.” Artwork entries should reflect the young artist’s conception of that theme.

The contest is open to all children in kindergarten through fifth grade. There are three winners in each grade category — first, second and third place. All winning entries will be published in the July issue of Cooperative Living.

First-place winners in each category will receive a $25 gift card. The entry judged best in show from all categories will receive a $100 gift card and will be featured on the cover of the July issue.

Deadline for entries is May 4. For entry rules and guidelines, click here: www.co-opliving.com/contests/youth-art/
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Electric co-ops in Virginia made their presence known Jan. 9 at the annual Virginia Agribusiness Council Legislative Appreciation Banquet, traditionally one of the most important events held in conjunction with the yearly kickoff of the General Assembly.

More than 100 electric co-op leaders packed 21 tables as the single largest segment among nearly 1,000 attendees, including representatives from government and the private sector who highlighted the importance of agribusiness to the Virginia economy.

The evening included a reception with samples of Virginia’s Finest products from peanuts to to oysters to sweets to wine, and a buffet-style dinner featuring Virginia products.

Banquet sponsors included Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative NOVEC Northern Neck Electric Cooperative Prince George Electric Cooperative A&N Electric Cooperative Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Virginia's Electric Cooperatives

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We love getting feedback from readers!

Susan Gay sent us an email about the Virginia Legislative Guide that was included in her January issue of Cooperative Living magazine. She wrote, "I want to communicate how much we appreciate and enjoy the Cooperative Living magazine each month. We particularly appreciate the January issue with the informative Virginia Legislative Guide. A recent poll indicated that the vast majority of Americans were unable to list the three branches of government, so this is most helpful! Love your recipes too. We are proud to be cooperative members."

Thanks for your letter and comments, Susan! If you have something you'd like to say, feel free to email us at [email protected] To view the Guide, click here: www.co-opliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-legislative-guide_rev1-8.pdf
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