From booming suburbs to remote rural communities, America’s electric cooperatives are energy providers and engines of economic development. Electric cooperatives play a vital role in transforming communities.
It's the Cooperative Difference
million businesses, homes, schools and farms in 48 states.
million people across the United States are served.
Co-ops use advanced communications and automation technology to improve reliability and efficiency while reducing environmental impacts by growing the use of renewable resources.
Note: non-hydro renewables include owned and directly purchased generation, plus generation in the mix from wholesale market purchases and do not reflect renewable credits.
Co-ops added 333,013 new members in 2017.
83% of electric co-ops had a net increase in members in 2017.
Electricity demand at co-ops decreased about one-half of one percent in 2017, with co-op retail sales reaching 437 billion kilowatt-hours.
Co-op residential electricity sales decreased by 2%.
Commercial & industrial sales increased by 2.85%; irrigation sales decreased by 6.3%.
Electricity sales growth
Co-op sales growth rates generally surpass that of the electric utility industry as a whole.
Co-ops are reducing emissions …
Cooperatives are meeting member expectations by reducing emissions through a combination of emission-reduction measures at power plants and fuel switching to natural gas and renewables.
… and jumpstarting renewable energy growth
Since 2010, co-op renewable energy capacity has increased by 145% from 4 gigawatts to 9.7 gigawatts. More than 90% of electric co-ops provide electricity generated by renewable energy resources.
A Department of Energy partnership with 17 electric co-ops has supported the development of 30 megawatts of utility-scale solar in 10 states.
Co-ops also purchase 10 gigawatts of hydropower from federal power marketing administrations.
More than 560 co-ops in 36 states use enough wind energy to serve 2 million homes.
Electric cooperatives are economic engines in their communities
The cooperative difference
Electric co-ops are local energy and technology providers. They are shaped by the specific needs of the communities they serve. This local, member-driven structure is one reason why cooperatives enjoy the highest consumer-satisfaction scores within the electric industry, according to J.D. Power and Associates and the American Consumer Satisfaction Index.
Electric cooperatives are built by and belong to the communities they serve. They are led by members from the community and are uniquely suited to meet local needs.
In 2017, America’s electric co-ops returned more than $1.1 billion in excess revenue to their consumer-members.
Co-ops earned the top spot in the J.D. Power and Associates 2017 Electric Utility Customer Satisfaction Study.
Electric cooperatives, on average, score three points higher than all other electric companies, according to the 2017 American Consumer Satisfaction Index.