What is an Electric Co-op?
America’s not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives provide service to 42 million people in 47 states. They are dedicated to providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to consumer-members on a not-for-profit basis. Unlike investor-owned utilities, which seek to generate profit for outside investors, electric cooperatives are owned by the people they serve and put their interests first. This fundamental difference shapes everything that they do.
Why Join an Electric Co-op?
The cooperative values and principles align perfectly with military values. Their community dedication and their cooperative business model is what set them apart from other employers. Tapping into a co-op opportunity comes with great advantages:
- Get access to a nationwide network of hundreds of electric co-ops. With electric co-ops in 47 states, there are job opportunities in many different parts of the country.
- Co-ops are community-dedicated employers; concern for community is one of the 7 cooperative principles.
- Co-ops provide rewarding job opportunities, great benefit packages and competitive retirement plans.
- Co-ops recognize the value of women veterans and welcome diversity in their workforce.
- Co-ops welcome veterans into the co-op family.
“I found the definition of a co-op to be very similar to that of the military. United to serve, democratic, voluntary.”
What is the Co-op Difference?
The Seven Cooperative Principles
- Open and Voluntary Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Members’ Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
If you’re a veteran and the co-op values resonate with you, look no further. Start your electric co-op career today!