CO-OPEDUCATION

“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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STOP AND SMELL THE TULIPS. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative member Linda Bursey wants to remind us to take a moment to stop and smell the tulips … like her sweet grandson Leo. Thanks for sharing, Linda!Got a photo you would like to share with other readers, either in print or here on social media, please send it with caption info to [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less
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To all the mothers (and mother figures) out there who read Cooperative Living magazine....we appreciate you! Have a blessed Mother’s Day! #welovemoms #mothersday2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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We love this! Good job, guys!We exist to serve our members, no matter the circumstances. Pictured from left to right, Lead Lineman Brandon Long and Linemen 2nd Class P.J. Jarvis and Jordan Jack, all of the Augusta District, found a member who had fallen in her yard on April 30. The member says she laid there several hours, unable to get anyone's attention. Responding to an outage, Long's crew spotted her. Brandon lifted her and assisted her to her porch, no major injuries from the situation reported. "Somebody’s hollerin’ for help," Brandon says, "you’re going to help them." We know you aren't looking for recognition, but we applaud your act of kindness, Brandon, P.J. and Jordan! ... See MoreSee Less
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