Co-ops Focus on Local Community

The fourth co-op principle that guides Colorado’s electric cooperatives is “autonomy and independence.”

Every electric co-op in the country is an autonomous, democratic organization. Co-ops may work together and share information and concerns, but each co-op is controlled by its local consumers, who are also voting members. Decisions are made by the locally-elected board of directors, and those decisions affect those board members just like they affect the consumers who elected them.

Keeping things local helps each individual co-op meet the needs of its unique service territory.

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