What is a co-op?
A cooperative is a not-for-profit business that is owned by the people who buy its products or use its services. Co-op businesses offer just about any service under the sun: grocery, day care, housing, agriculture, even funerals.
Electric cooperatives are unique even among cooperatives because of their local nature. Each electric cooperative in the U.S. is locally owned and democratically controlled by the consumers – we call them “members” – it serves. We’re still not-for-profit, which means we operate at cost and have no need to increase rates or fees for anything other than to maintain or improve your service.
Here’s a great rundown on what it means to be a cooperative, courtesy the University of California Small Farm program.