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.


 

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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