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.


 

On Groundhog Day earlier this month, Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow. And as the legend goes, this means we're in for an early spring. With wishful thoughts of spring coming soon, here's a photo that Northern Neck Electric Cooperative member James Bosworth, of Heathsville, sent us. "Lilly frog snorting pollen in her pad rather than on her pad," he writes. We toadally love this photo, James. Thanks for sharing!

Reader photos can be emailed to [email protected]
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Cooperative Cooking!

Did you know Cooperative Living includes recipes in our Commonwealth Kitchen section of each issue and you can find even more recipes on our website? Have you ever made one of the recipes? We would love to hear the results! From success to mishaps, let us know. Include pictures if you have them.

Go to www.co-opliving.com/food/commonwealth-kitchen/ or www.co-opliving.com/food/recipes/ to find more recipes like this one.
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It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!

Each issue of Cooperative Living you will find the HISTORY MYSTERY CONTEST!

The theme for the contest is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” Please go to www.co-opliving.com/contests/historymystery/ to submit your guess today! Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue.

The winner will receive $25.00!
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