CO-OPFACTS

Facts at a Glance

900 distribution and 60 G&T cooperatives serve:

  • 34 million people in 46 states.
  • 13 million businesses, homes, schools, churches, farms, irrigation systems, and other establishments in 2,500 of 3,128 counties in the U.S.
  • 11 percent of the nation’s population.

To perform their mission, electric cooperatives:

  • own assets worth $70 billion,
  • own and maintain 2.3 million miles, or 44%, of the nation’s electric distribution lines, covering three quarters of the nation’s landmass,
  • deliver 7.9 percent of the total kilowatt-hours sold in the U.S. each year,
  • generate 4 percent of the total electricity produced in the U.S. each year,
  • employ nearly 60,000 people in the United States.
  • During 1997, electric cooperatives paid more than $707 million in state and local taxes.

Compared with other electric utilities:

  • Co-op sales grew twice as fast as the total electric industry average in 1998.
  • Co-ops serve an average of 6 consumers per mile of line and collect annual revenue of approximately $7,900 per mile of line,
  • Investor-owned utilities average 33 customers per mile of line and
  • collect $61,000 per mile of line,
  • Publicly owned utilities, or municipals, average 43 consumers and
  • collect $71,000 per mile of line.

Cooperative businesses are special because they are owned by the consumers they serve and because they are guided by a set of seven principles that reflect the best interests of those consumers.

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 or utility service.


 

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"Contrary to popular belief, Marco Polo did not discover pasta in Asia and bring it to Italy. In fact, in 1279 a.d., a will drafted by Ponzio Bastone was found bequething a storage bin of macceroni when Marco Polo was still in the Far East. Early Romans used a very simple flour and water dough. Pasta is the Italian word for dough. Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the Americas after first tasting it in Naples, Italy. In 1789, he brought the first pasta machine, along with crates of macaroni, back to the United States. Pasta became a common North American food in the late 19th century with the surge in Italian immigration." -- Source: www.nationalpastaday.com/
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Doug Puffenbarger of Blue Grass, Va., one of our loyal readers, contributed this gorgeous photo from Highland County. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative ... See MoreSee Less

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