Co-op membership: What’s in it for me?
Article was added on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
You set up your electric service account with Santee
Electric Cooperative, and you think to yourself, "That's done. Now
I just have to pay my monthly bill." But the truth is we're more
than just a utility provider that you pay each month for
electricity. We have more to offer-and we want you, our members, to
know about these benefits.
There are more than 900 electric
cooperatives in the U.S. that serve 42 million members. Santee
Electric, your local co-op, serves 34,150members with lines
stretching across a 2,005 square mile territory. So what makes
being a member of an electric cooperative unique?
We're all in this
together. You are a member of
Santee Electric-not just a customer. And
that means you have a voice when it comes to the way we do
business. Each April, you have the option to vote for your board of
directors. These directors play a key role in making important
decisions for our co-op, which is why members' voices must be
We're local. It's likely that you know an employee of
Santee Electric. Our employees-your friends and neighbors-share the
same concerns for our community that you do.
We're not-for-profit. Santee Electric doesn't offer profits to
investors-we return money over and above operating costs to you,
our members, based on electricity consumption. Annually, electric
co-ops nationwide return millions of dollars to members through
this capital credits process. This year, Santee Electric members
received $1.8 million in the form of capital credits.
We're here for you. At Santee Electric, our mission is to
provide you with safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. We
care about our members' quality of life, which is why our employees
are continuously finding innovative ways to improve our
These are just a few facts about
electric cooperatives that make us unique. For more information
about Santee Electric and the services we offer, visit
Floyd L. Keels
President and Chief Executive Officer
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