About Electric Cooperatives

The 12 participating cooperatives – BENCO Electric Cooperative, Brown County Rural Electrical Association, Federated Rural Electric, Freeborn‐Mower Cooperative Services, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, Nobles Cooperative Electric, People’s Energy Cooperative, Redwood Electric Cooperative, Sioux Valley Energy, South Central Electric Association, Steele‐Waseca Cooperative Electric, Tri‐County Electric Cooperative – are electric distribution cooperatives whose primary goal is to provide safe and reliable energy at the most competitive cost. Utility cooperatives are not-for-profit, democratically governed, independent organizations that are based in the communities they serve. 

Any margin (profit) made by the cooperative is reinvested in the organization, used to pay down debts, and returned to its member-owners as patronage capital. Electric cooperatives provide reliable and technologically advanced service to 42 million Americans while maintaining a unique consumer-focused approach to business.

Cooperatives are guided by the following seven cooperative principles, which help anchor them firmly in the communities they serve and allow for close oversight by their member-owners.

  • Voluntary & Open Membership – Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership.
  • Democratic Member-owner Control – Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their member-owners, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
  • Member-owners’ Economic Participation – Member-owners democratically control and contribute equitably to the capital of their cooperative.
  • Autonomy & Independence – Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their member-owners.
  • Education, Training & Information – Cooperatives provide education and training for their member-owners, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives.
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives – Cooperatives serve their member-owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together.
  • Concern For Community – While focusing on member-owner needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities.

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