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.


 

PUDDLE PAL: Since much of Virginia is seeing rainfall today, let’s feature Southside Electric Cooperative member Summer Edwards of Dewitt as our second SAY CHEESE SPOTLIGHT. This is a photo of Summer with her favorite li’l duck, Booger. “Summer is certainly a diva, but she loves the outdoors. She loves all animals, even spiders. She’s the kind of kid who catches the chickens at the zoo,” says her mother, Tammy Edwards. But Summer certainly has a soft spot for ducks. “Her and Booger do everything together, even play in puddles together!” 

Summer just recently celebrated her 7th birthday earlier this month. Happy Belated Birthday, Summer, from your friends at Cooperative Living magazine! Summer has two older brothers: Eric, 11, and Kyle, 9. Tammy has been submitting Say Cheese photos of her children for several years now. “Summer would be tickled to see a story about her on the Cooperative Living Facebook page,” Tammy says.

Well, we hope Summer (and her favorite duck) enjoy the puddles today!

PUDDLE PAL: Since much of Virginia is seeing rainfall today, let’s feature Southside Electric Cooperative member Summer Edwards of Dewitt as our second SAY CHEESE SPOTLIGHT. This is a photo of Summer with her favorite li’l duck, Booger. “Summer is certainly a diva, but she loves the outdoors. She loves all animals, even spiders. She’s the kind of kid who catches the chickens at the zoo,” says her mother, Tammy Edwards. But Summer certainly has a soft spot for ducks. “Her and Booger do everything together, even play in puddles together!”

Summer just recently celebrated her 7th birthday earlier this month. Happy Belated Birthday, Summer, from your friends at Cooperative Living magazine! Summer has two older brothers: Eric, 11, and Kyle, 9. Tammy has been submitting Say Cheese photos of her children for several years now. “Summer would be tickled to see a story about her on the Cooperative Living Facebook page,” Tammy says.

Well, we hope Summer (and her favorite duck) enjoy the puddles today!
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