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.


 

Many electric cooperatives observed National Lineman Appreciation Day back on April 8, pursuant to a 2014 directive from the NRECA Board of Directors that sets aside the second Monday in April for the observance. But, today, many other utilities will recognize National Lineman Appreciation Day, due to legislation that cleared the U.S. Senate in 2013. Since there's no such thing as too much attention being drawn to our electric cooperative lineworkers, here are some cute co-op kids who would like to honor the lineworkers of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware's electric cooperatives!

Give your local electric cooperative a call, post on their Facebook page, or make a post on social media and #ThanksALineworker today!

BARC Electric Cooperative A&N Electric Cooperative Community Electric Cooperative Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative Delaware Electric Cooperative Prince George Electric Cooperative NOVEC Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Southside Electric Cooperative Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Powell Valley Electric Cooperative Northern Neck Electric Cooperative Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Choptank Electric Cooperative
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