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Vol. 67 Number 12


News orthwestern Electric October 2016 B


eing part of a cooperative means being part of something special. NWEC is celebrating National Cooperative Month in Octo- ber, along with 40,000 other coopera- tive businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. “Cooperatives Build” is the theme of this year’s National Cooperative Month. This year’s theme is excellent, because there are so many ways that cooperatives help to build a stronger rural America. Cooperatives Build Trust Most co-ops strive to adhere to seven key cooperative principles, which combine to help build trust between the co-op, its members and the community. For example, the first principle is Voluntary and Open Membership, which means that we are a voluntary organization open to all people to use our services and willing to accept the responsibility of membership. The second principle, Democratic Member Control, gives


members a voice in the cooperative’s policies and decisions. Our members have equal voting rights—one mem- ber, one vote.


Cooperatives Build Community The seventh cooperative principle is Concern for Community. Coop- eratives work for the sustainable development of their communities through employee involvement in lo- cal organizations, through charitable contributions to community efforts and through support for schools. Cooperatives Build Jobs


Cooperatives generate jobs in their communities, keep profits local and pay local taxes to help support com- munity services. Cooperatives often take part in community improvement programs, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the cooperative experience. Cooperatives Build Brighter Futures In the 1930s, rural America needed electricity just as much as anyone. It was a major challenge that big utili-


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The future is looking bright as constructions nears completion on a community solar farm at NWEC’s Woodward facility. Watch for more details in the upcoming months about the opportunities the solar field offers our members.


Cooperatives build brighter futures


ties weren’t interested in tackling. So the men and women of rural America banded together and made it happen. Friends and neighbors worked togeth- er to improve their lives by forming the electric cooperatives.


NWEC continues to find ways to improve our members lives by utiliz- ing advanced technologies. We’re in the process of installing smart meters to keep reliable power flowing to your home and the smart grid running ef- ficiently.


NWEC is also partnering with Western Farmers Electric Coop- erative to offer a renewable energy option. Construction is currently in progress on a solar community farm located at our Woodward facility. Watch for more details in future is- sues of Northwestern Electric News.


As we celebrate National Co-op Month, we want to thank our mem- bers. Without you, we wouldn’t exist.


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