Industry Articles

Report: Rural Broadband Success Driven by Co-ops’ Desire to Help Their Communities

A new study shows that electric cooperatives enter the broadband business to help grow their rural communities and that their efforts are paying off. At least 80% of the electric co-ops that participated in the study are seeing an increase in population, businesses or...

How Line Workers Keep Safe

Lineworkers have a dizzying array of gear they carry and wear to safely do their jobs. Some items, like climbing hooks and hot sticks, have been around since the early days of electricity, though they’ve been updated and improved over the years. Others, like wireless...

Vintage Co-op Safety Car From North Dakota Still on the Road in Ohio

An old vehicle that logged thousands of miles on behalf of Basin Electric Power Cooperative in the 1960s has resurfaced in central Ohio. The Plymouth Suburban was one of the generation and transmission co-op’s first safety vehicles, purchased not long after...

Ensuring the Electric Grid Can Bounce Back Quickly

By Great River Energy While temperatures are dropping and snow is starting to fall now, Great River Energy has already taken steps to prepare for whatever impacts this weather may bring. “Resilience” has become a common focus for electric cooperatives and utilities...
It’s a Matter of (Co-op!) Principles Part 2

It’s a Matter of (Co-op!) Principles Part 2

You may recall that last month, we touched on the first three Cooperative Principles, so this month, we’d like to tell you about the remaining four. The Cooperative Principles are essential to the co-op business model and benefit all members of the co-op. Autonomy and...

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It’s a Matter of (Co-op!) Principles

It’s a Matter of (Co-op!) Principles

ACE Hardware, State Farm, REI, Land O’Lakes and Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association all share something in common: we’re all cooperatives. We may be in different industries, but we all share a passion for serving our members and helping our communities to...

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Prune Drying Brings in the Electric

Prune Drying Brings in the Electric

At the turn of the twentieth-century, in Douglas County, Oregon, prunes were a big part of their local economy. Drying prunes took time and resources, but in the late 1930's, rural electrification spurred the way for shorter drying times and less wood-burning...

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Utilities Partner to Keep Your Lights On

Utilities Partner to Keep Your Lights On

We have all come to expect the highest level of reliability when it comes to flipping on a light switch, morning, noon or night. The electric grid that provides us all with that reliable source of power is a complex system of interconnected power lines and substations...

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