The Meaning of Membership

ImageElectric cooperatives were established to provide electricity to rural America, and they now make up the largest electric utility network in the nation. In fact, cooperatives are responsible for distributing power to 75 percent of the U.S. land mass through 2.4 million miles of power lines. Within those 2.4 million miles are Cass County Electric Cooperative’s 4,800 miles of line, which distribute power to 10 counties in North Dakota.

Those miles upon miles of lines and the members powered by them mean a lot to us. And being a co-op means a lot to us too.

It means we are owned by our members. That’s one of the reasons we are so committed to providing reliable electricity at an affordable rate. We’re always looking out for our member-owners.

It means we have high standards when it comes to serving you, which we measure according to our four core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

It means we will always strive to educate our members on important issues affecting the cooperative so they will always be informed of the issues that could impact their power.

It means our members don’t just have access to information about their electricity, but convenient access at their fingertips. Through innovative technologies like SmartHub, members can view information about their energy use in real-time from any computer, smartphone or tablet.

It means our members get savings passed on to them as part of their membership. Whether it’s in the form of a purchased power adjustment holiday after a successful year, capital credits or Co-op Connections card savings, we’re often putting money back in members’ wallets.

It means our members have democratic control and can actively participate in electing representatives who set policies and make decisions affecting the cooperative. One way members can exercise this democratic control is by attending the annual meeting.

This year’s annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at the Valley City Eagles Club, 345 12th Ave. NE, Valley City, N.D. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by a roast beef and cheesecake meal, entertainment and a business meeting. The meeting is free and open to all members.

Hear more about what it means to be a co-op member in our Power of Membership video.

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