Co-op Principles

Electric cooperatives are guided by seven core principles that form the basis of the cooperative business model.

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Anyone able to receive electric service and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership is welcome.

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Each member has one vote and is able to use his or her vote to elect trustees and to vote on policy.

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Co-ops strive to provide at-cost service, and unused capital is returned to members.

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All decisions made ensure the continued self-reliance of the cooperative.

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Co-ops help members use electricity safely and efficiently, and empower their employees and trustees to provide exceptional service.

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Working with other cooperatives helps support the sound, sustainable co-op business model.

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Co-ops sponsor and promote worthwhile local causes in their service territories.