What is a Cooperative?

What Makes Electric Cooperatives Different?

Electric cooperatives are uniquely set apart from other electric utilities because they are Member owned. Operating according to seven core principles and values upon which they were founded. These principles are a key reason that electric cooperatives, like Rayburn, operate differently from other electric utilities, putting the needs of their Members first.

7 Cooperative Principles

Voluntary and Open Membership

Democratic Member Control

Members’ Economic Participation

Autonomy and Independence

Education, Training and Information

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Concern for