Co-ops are an integral part of the $364 billion U.S. electric utility industry

America’s electric cooperatives are dedicated to providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to our consumer-members on a not-for-profit basis. Unlike investor-owned utilities, which seek to generate profit for outside investors, we–as cooperatives–are owned by the people we serve and put their interests first. This fundamental difference shapes everything that we do.

ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE SERVICE TERRITORY

America’s 838 distribution cooperatives provide electricity to an estimated 42 million people in 47 states. Their service territories, which collectively cover 56% of the nation, are highlighted in this map.
<h3>Electric Cooperative Service Territory</h3>

Distribution cooperatives are the foundation of the rural electric network. They deliver electricity to retail customers. Generation & transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) provide wholesale power to distribution co‑ops through their own generation or by purchasing power on behalf of the distribution members.

In addition to electric service, electric co-ops are deeply involved in their communities promoting development and revitalization projects, small businesses, job creation, improvement of water and sewer systems and assistance in delivery of health care and educational services.

Today’s electric co-ops:

  • Own assets worth $164 billion
  • Own and maintain 2.6 million miles, or 42%, of the nation’s electric distribution lines
  • Deliver 11 percent of the total kilowatt hours sold in the U.S. each year
  • Generate nearly 5 percent of the total electricity produced in the U.S. each year
  • Employ 72,000 people in the U.S.
  • Retire over $800 million in capital credits annually

2 thoughts on “Powering America America’s not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives provide service to 42 million people in 47 states

  • October 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm
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    America s electric cooperatives are dedicated to providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to our consumer-members on a not-for-profit basis.

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    • March 11, 2018 at 10:37 pm
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      What are the economic benefits does Americas electric cooperatives funding in the black community according to a report published by The American Association Black In Energy. Black America spent in 2009 41 billion in energy on had 1.1% of the jobs and o.8 % on the wealth in 2015 The Solar Foundation put a report Black America Numbers Don’t Lie African-Americans only make up 6.6% of workforce – Solar Jobs Census 2015 States Divisions Counties Metros.

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