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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

 

Congratulations to Elnora Tompkins who received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) during its 75th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg last month.

A longtime teacher and guidance counselor at A.T. Johnson School in Montross, Mrs. Tompkins served for 32 years on the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative board of directors, including 26 years as secretary-treasurer.

In addition to her co-op service, Mrs. Tompkins, a graduate of Virginia State University, has chaired the board of directors of Rappahannock Community College and the VMDAEC's Communications and Public Relations Committee. She also served on the @wESTWestmoreland County Public Schools Board and her local American Cancer Society chapter, among other civic contributions.

Several of Mrs. Tompkins’ relatives, colleagues and former students (including Delegate Margaret Bevans Ransone) are in this video that was shown during the award ceremony.
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In the August issue of Cooperative Living, we feature the community of Scottsville in our Crossroads section. We highlight Baines Books & Coffee, a place the Scottsville community comes to not only read books and drink coffee but where groups come to meet and talk and hang out or bring their laptop to work.

There are places like Baines Books & Coffee in a lot of our communities across Virginia. Let us know if you have a spot like this that you like to go in the comments below.

#community #coffee #books #meeting #work #smalltown #crossroads #cooperativeliving #scottsville

Baines Books and Coffee Central Virginia Electric Cooperative
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The football season is ramping back up with preseason games already going on. We thought it would be the perfect time to revisit the Commonwealth Kitchen and showcase our tailgating treats column from October 2018.

Our Cooperative Living chef Kara created this video to show us how to make Baked Potato Salad.

For more recipes go to co-opliving.com/food/recipes/ or co-opliving.com/food/commonwealth-kitchen/. You can also submit your favorite recipe and maybe we will include it in an upcoming issue!
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