We Are America’s Electric Cooperatives

We Power 1 in 8 Americans

From booming suburbs to rural farming communities, America’s electric cooperatives are energy providers and engines of economic growth for 42 million Americans.

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Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Electric co-ops are taking important steps to help the communities they call home. Many have temporarily suspended disconnections and waived late payment fees, but community support doesn’t stop at the electric bill. From providing financial relief to teaming up with local services to distribute meals and supplies, co-ops are serving their members during these uncertain times.

Electricity Use and Fuel Mix

Electric cooperatives play a vital role in transforming the electric sector. Advanced communications and energy technology enable electric co-ops to improve the efficiency and resiliency of their systems and reduce environmental impacts through enhanced efficiency and by adding renewable resources and energy storage.

Balanced energy mix meets co-op members’ needs

Electric cooperatives are playing a significant role in the energy evolution.

Co-ops are diversifying their energy portfolios in response to consumer expectations and industry trends, with a majority of co-op power now coming from low- and no-emissions sources. Electric co-ops own and purchase enough renewable energy to power 6 million homes.

The flexibility to respond to regional and local factors is important as electric co-ops best meet the unique energy needs of their communities. As consumer energy expectations evolve, they are built on the foundation of affordability and reliability. That’s why co-op investments in baseload energy sources like coal and natural gas will remain essential in many communities.

Cooperative Solar Is Skyrocketing

Total solar energy capacity at electric cooperatives is more than four times what it was in 2015, capable of generating more than 900 megawatts of electricity.

Co-ops Were Built By and Belong to the Communities They Serve

Connecting Rural Communities to the Modern Economy

More than 6 million households served by electric cooperatives still lack broadband internet access. Electric co-ops are helping to solve this problem and bringing new life to communities—creating jobs, improving health care and enhancing education.

Invaluable Connections With Member Consumers

Source: The Economic Impact of America’s Electric Cooperatives, FTI Consulting, March 2019, jointly commissioned by NRECA and NRUCFC.

Driving Economic Development

Electric cooperatives have a broad financial impact, directly or indirectly supporting 612,000 jobs and contributing hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy over a five-year period, according to a recent analysis by FTI Consulting.