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The Seven Cooperative Principles

  • Community

The Seven Cooperative Principles:

Cooperatives around the world operate according to a core set of principles. These principles, along with the cooperative purpose of improving quality of life for their members, make electric co-ops different from other electric utilities.

  • Voluntary and Open Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Members’ Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training and Information
  • Cooperation among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community

Learn more about how co-ops operate