CO-OPLINKS

Miscellaneous Links to Cooperative-Related Useful and Informative Web Sites:

Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives
The Association provides a variety of services to 15 locally owned, locally controlled electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. 

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of consumer-owned cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve.

Touchstone Energy
Touchstone Energy is a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. More than 550 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 39 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to more than 16 million customers every day. Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve their members with integrity, accountability, innovation and a longstanding commitment to communities.

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is a wholesale power supplier to 12 electric distribution cooperatives.  These 12 systems serve nearly a half-million homes and businesses in some of the fastest-growing areas on the East Coast.

Delaware Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission is authorized by the Delaware General Assembly under Title 26, Delaware Code, to regulate investor-owned utilities and companies providing electric, natural gas, water, telecommunications and cable services for public use within the unincorporated areas of the State of Delaware.

Maryland Public Service Commission
The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) is the state agency that regulates Maryland’s public utilities.

Virginia State Corporation Commission
The SCC acts as one of Virginia’s primary regulatory agencies, with oversight of varied business and economic interests throughout the Commonwealth. The SCC’s authority encompasses utilities, insurance, state-chartered financial institutions, securities, retail franchising, and railroads. The Commission also serves as the Commonwealth’s central filing office for corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and Uniform Commercial Code filings.

Cooperative.Com

How To Start A Cooperative

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

What Are Electric Cooperatives?

Energy Cooperatives Network

Check Out Cooperatives!

Cooperative Communicators Association

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC)

U.S. Department of Energy 

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC)

REA (Rural Electrification Administration) Guide Book

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Changing Lives: Power Line Worker Program makes a difference

Julie Thompson Manning was concerned about her youngest son, Charlie. Coming out of high school in Midlothian, Va., he was still looking for the right path to follow. His one passion was climbing, whether it was on an indoor rock wall or with friends in the West Virginia mountains.

The answer came in the mailbox.

A 2018 feature story on the Gaff-n-Go Lineworkers’ Rodeo in Cooperative Living caught the eye of Manning, whose family had recently moved to Southside Electric Cooperative territory in Powhatan.

“This would be perfect for Charlie. He could climb for a living. Yes, he would have to be interested in this!” Manning recalls thinking.

Manning invited her son to lunch — “food is a great motivator,” she notes. She showed him a video about the Power Line Working Training School at Southside Virginia Community College, a program created with the help of electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Two weeks later, he asked for contact information and enrolled in the 11-week course that provides a foundation for a career in the electric lineworker industry. He excelled at the school and was employed even before graduation day.

“Can you imagine the joy I felt?” his mother asks, saying her son has a career he loves. “This all came from a move to the country, from a magazine that happened to be in my mailbox, to a picture of a man on a pole, to a shared lunch, to a video that changed a life forever.”

Today, Charlie, 21, works for the city of Estes Park, Colo., where he can climb the Rockies and utility poles to his heart’s content. His mom gives a big shoutout to SVCC for helping a boy become a man.

“He tells me often how much the people of Estes Park admire the lineworkers and all they do to keep the electricity flowing in their mountain city,” Manning says.

Want to motivate your son or daughter similarly? Check out southside.edu/.
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MAKING A SPLASH. Christina Edwards of Woodford, a Rappahannock Electric Cooperative member, sent us this photo. “COVID-19 hasn't kept my four-year-old grandson, Connor James, from enjoying summer!“ she wrote.

How are you enjoying your summer? Got any photos you’d like to share with us? Send them to [email protected]
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STAR POOCH. Ruckus had a great Fourth of July! Did you? Thanks for sharing this photo, Amanda McLellan!

If you’d like to share your favorite July Fourth photos with us for consideration in next year’s Say Cheese column, you can share them in the comments below or by emailing them to [email protected]
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