Since Boone REMC, Indiana’s first electric cooperative, was founded in 1936, electric cooperatives have succeeded because their consumer-owners stay politically engaged. Today, that engagement is more important than ever. Electric cooperatives continue to be well positioned to create a bright future for the communities they serve by engaging in political activity.
Politics can be a touchy subject these days, but electric cooperatives were born out of the political process. Unlike other electric companies, the consumer-owners of an electric cooperative have the right and responsibility to democratically elect their cooperative’s board of directors. Just like other elected officials, those directors are responsible for promoting the interests of the consumer-owners they serve.
Electric cooperatives have thrived by working with state and federal governments to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. Important policies are advanced every year because electric cooperatives stand up and speak out.
Don’t forget that you have an important role to play in the political conversation. Join our grassroots advocacy list today by visiting action.indianaec.org. When you register as a grassroots advocate for Indiana’s electric cooperatives, you will be kept up to date on major legislative and political utility issues at both the state and federal levels. Together, we have a strong voice. Let’s use it to improve rural communities across Indiana.