Membership in NRECA

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has voting and non-voting members. Voting members must operate in a manner consistent with cooperative principles and NRECA’s purposes, and must be located in the United States.

In general, NRECA voting members include:

  • Distribution Members — electric cooperatives, public utility districts and similar entities primarily engaged in distributing retail electricity
  • Generation and Transmission Members — electric cooperatives, public utility districts, and similar entities primarily engaged in marketing, generating or transmitting wholesale electricity
  • Service Members — organizations, including statewide associations, whose members are Distribution Members or Generation and Transmission Members

In general, NRECA non-voting members include:

  • Affiliate Members — entities whose purposes are consistent with NRECA’s purposes
  • Associate Members — entities whose membership in NRECA will contribute to NRECA’s purposes
  • International Members — electric cooperatives, public utility districts and similar entities whose purposes are consistent with NRECA’s purposes, are located outside the United States, are primarily engaged in distributing retail electricity, are marketing, generating or transmitting wholesale electricity, or whose members include these entities