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How Members Agreed to a Rate Hike

By Michael W. Kahn | ECT Staff Writer Published: January 26th, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—How do you get consumers to agree to a nearly $20 hike in their monthly electric bills? Lake Country Power will tell you the key is building your case with the members. In 2012, the Grand Rapids, Minn.-based co-op had 8,200 miles of line, about 49,000 services and a $22.50 facilities charge. Trouble... Read more

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Reaching Out to Co-op’s Next Gen

Published: January 29th, 2015

Today’s school students are tomorrow’s electric cooperative members. And at a time when many co-ops are looking for ways to engage new members, Berkeley Electric Cooperative is showing that it's never too early to start. As part... Read more

Co-op News

Texas Co-op Helps Hungry Children

Published: January 29th, 2015

Weekends mean no school bells and books. But for some children, it’s also a time when there’s nothing to eat. Thanks to a Texas electric cooperative, though, students on free or reduced lunch assistance now won’t... Read more

Local Initiatives

Unusual Pairing in Co-op Promotion

Published: January 28th, 2015

An Illinois electric cooperative has found a way to combine two of its high priorities—electric vehicle charging and paperless billing—into a promotion that includes a chance to win a free car. Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative officials... Read more

Energy & Environment

Coal Ash Rule Raises Fear for Co-ops

Published: January 27th, 2015

When it comes to managing coal ash from power generation, electric cooperatives need more certainty than new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency can provide. That’s why Congress needs to step in, Lisa Johnson, CEO and... Read more

Editor's Pick, Trends, Reports & Analyses

Renewable Energy Growth Quickens

Published: January 27th, 2015

Renewable energy sources have hit record levels, even though total electric generation in the United States has slid in recent years, according to a government laboratory. In its annual collection of data, the National Renewable Energy... Read more

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