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.Learn More About Our Mission
Co-ops Were Built By and Belong to the Communities They Serve
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.
Invaluable Connections With Member Consumers
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.
Investing in Our Communities
• Report: Economic and Workforce Contributions of the Electric Power Industry
• Feature Story: The Rise of Female Lineworkers
• Op-Ed: NRECA CEO Jim Matheson on Rural Act
• News Story: Indiana Broadband Study Shows Value of High-Speed Access
• Podcast: The Role of Co-ops in Rural Revitalization
• News Story: Veterans in Energy Forum Looks at Maximizing Vets’ Potential on the Job
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.
Electric Cooperative Impact
• Podcast: NRECA President Curtis Wynn Looks to Co-ops’ Future
• News Story: The Story of Co-op Solar in Nine Graphics
• Feature Story: Tipping Point for Rural Broadband?
• News Story: Innovative Carbon Test Center Opens at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station