For the first time in a generation, a high-level committee of electric cooperative leaders will explore the unique mission of co-ops and their role in improving the communities that they serve.
NRECA CEO Glenn English said the 21st Century Electric Cooperatives Committee will look beyond the provision of electricity to the relationship between co-ops and their members, a bond that other business models such as IOUs can’t replicate.
“From the beginning of this program, electric co-ops have always worked to provide affordable, reliable power for their members, but their mission extends to the quality of life in their communities,” he said.
“It is an appropriate time to examine the way in which belonging to an electric cooperative is special and unique and can help to make our future in a changing world that much more secure.”
The 13-member committee will hold its first meeting in Los Angeles in January, just before the CEO Close-up, and English said he hopes to have an interim report by summer.