Empowering Cooperatives

Industry Leadership

As the national service organization that represents America’s electric cooperatives, NRECA works to empower co-ops and to help ensure their long-term success in a number of ways:

  • Amplifying the voice of co-ops and their consumer-members in Washington, D.C.
  • Working with elected officials to keep electricity safe, reliable and affordable.
  • Helping the employees of electric co-ops learn and grow professionally.
  • Promoting the cooperative business model and the benefits of co-op membership.
  • Researching and communicating with NRECA voting members regarding legal tax, environmental and other issues.
  • Spearheading programs to strengthen co-ops and their communities, such as advocacy campaigns and workforce development initiatives.

NRECA Broadband

With more electric co-ops building broadband networks for the communities they serve, NRECA has created a new opt-in program to represent these vital efforts. NRECA Broadband provides specific resources to help co-ops succeed as community-focused telecom providers, just as we always have for the electric sector.

Advocacy: Voices for Cooperative Power

Rural electric cooperatives provide electricity to more than 42 million Americans across 48 states. Voices for Cooperative Power is a network of electric co-op members working together to ensure the needs of rural America are reflected in policy decisions.

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Vets Power Us Initiative

We strongly believe that hiring and caring for veterans and military spouses strengthens our co-ops and our communities. We created the Vets Power Us initiative to:
• Help veterans explore meaningful career opportunities within America’s electric cooperatives.
• Help co-ops recruit, hire and honor veterans.

Empowering Co-ops Through Education

Talented employees provide great service

To help cooperative staff provide the best possible service to their consumer-members, NRECA offers classroom-based and online employee education in many disciplines that include supervisory skills, communications, engineering, safety and management.

Education is the cornerstone of effective self-governance

NRECA also provides a wide array of training for the cooperative’s elected leaders: their directors/trustees.  It is our strongly held belief that cooperative consumer-members are best served by directors/trustees who are well-versed in democratic principles and who understand the industry and how this industry can move forward to meet changing demands.


Co-ops Vote Campaign

Rural America is often overlooked in Washington, D.C. We cannot allow our voices to go unrepresented in elections. Join our nonpartisan Co-ops Vote campaign and bring the issues that matter most to rural America to the ballot box.

Visit www.vote.coop.