The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states and whose retail sales account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States.

NRECA’s members include consumer-owned local distribution systems — the vast majority — and 66 generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives that supply wholesale power to their distribution cooperative owner-members. Distribution and G&T cooperatives share an obligation to serve their members by providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service.

Electric Cooperatives Are:
  • Private independent electric utility businesses
  • Incorporated under the laws of the states in which they operate
  • Established to provide at-cost electric service
  • Owned by the consumers they serve
  • Governed by a board of directors elected from the membership, which sets policies and procedures that are implemented by the cooperatives’ professional staff

In addition to electric service, many electric co-ops are involved in community development and revitalization projects, e.g., small business development and jobs creation, improvement of water and sewer systems, and assistance in delivery of health care and educational services.

Why Electric Cooperatives Sponsor Youth Tour

Education is a fundamental principle of cooperatives. The board and management of electric cooperatives believe that is imperative to work to help students understand the democratic process and gain the skills necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders.

We understand that the best training isn’t necessarily found in textbooks and lectures.  The Youth Tour allows high school juniors and seniors to experience government firsthand by visiting Washington, D.C., meeting their representatives and senators, and building a better understanding of our country and their role as engaged citizens.

By educating students and enhancing their self-worth, we hope to promote and inspire the next generation of leaders.