Who We Are
It’s hard to imagine what life today would be like without electricity. If electric co-ops had not electrified towns across rural America years ago, many of our local economies simply wouldn’t exist. Electric cooperatives create jobs, fuel growth and power communities all across America.
Butler Rural Electric Cooperative was built by the communities we serve. The co-op was shaped over time to meet the specific needs of our consumer-members, and today, we continue to provide the affordable, reliable, safe energy our local communities depend on.
Electric cooperatives are community-focused organizations that belong to the communities they serve. Democratically governed businesses, electric cooperatives are organized under the Cooperative or Rochdale Principles, anchoring them firmly in the communities they serve and ensuring that they are closely regulated by their consumers. Across the country, local cooperatives work together to develop new technologies and infrastructure, learn from each other and keep the grid secure.
Being a member of a cooperative distinguishes you from other electric utility consumers;
Co-op leaders and employees are members of our local community. Our nine board members live right here in our local area and are elected by co-op members, just like you! Board members serve three-year terms and elections are held before our Annual Meeting each spring.
We belong to the communities we serve. We are proud that we make a difference in our communities and will continue to do so by promoting programs that improve the lives of those who live in the communities we serve.
We are not-for-profit. Since we are a cooperative, any excess revenue is shared among the people we serve. Our co-op has returned more than $51 million to our members over the years.
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To be a dynamic, progressive organization guided by cooperative principles and to provide energy and other value-added services to its members. The Cooperative will participate in its communities, providing leadership and support to improve the quality of life for all of its citizens.
The Seven Cooperative Principles
Cooperatives around the world operate according to the same set of core principles and values, adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance. These principles are a key reason why America’s electric cooperatives operate differently from other electric utilities, putting the needs of our members first. To learn more about the cooperative principles, watch the video below.
|Membership in a cooperative is open to all persons who can reasonably use its services and stand willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, regardless of race, religion, gender or economic circumstances.|
|Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Elected representatives (directors/trustees) are elected from among the membership and are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote); cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.|
|Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital remains the common property of the cooperative. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative; setting up reserves; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.|
|Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control as well as their unique identity.|
|Education and training for members, elected representatives (directors/trustees), CEOs and employees help them effectively contribute to the development of their cooperatives. Communications about the nature and benefits of cooperatives, particularly with the general public and opinion leaders, helps boost cooperative understanding.|
|By working together through local, national, regional, and international structures, cooperatives improve services, bolster local economies and deal more effectively with social and community needs.|
|Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership.|
NRECA: The Electric Cooperative Story
This video, created by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, features a fast-action, hand-drawn guide to the history, structure and purpose of rural electric cooperatives.