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Electric co-ops proven as vital to economy

Many companies like to expound about their commitment to their customers but really donít measure up to the accountability standard that requires. Commitment is more than a marketing slogan.

First of all, to electric cooperatives, like San Isabel Electric, you are not a customer. You are a member-owner. Thatís the big difference between a cooperative and other utility business models. Being locally-owned, governed, and committed is an accountability standard that requires transparency and delivering the results, you, the member-owner expects. Itís about service, not profit.

Since electric co-ops emerged, we have provided more value than just supplying power and electricity. Electric co-ops emerged from a national effort to electrify rural areas during the 1930s through the 1960s. In the mid-1930s, only 10 percent of rural American homes had electricity, a number that grew to 90 percent by 1953 and ultimately to 99 percent today. Electric cooperatives provided the necessary access to electricity that was vital for rural economic development, increasing the productivity of traditionally rural industries like agriculture and resource extraction and supporting the diversification of rural economies into activities such as manufacturing, services, healthcare, and technology.

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