Rural Electric Co-op

Rural Electric Co-op

Here at POW Action Fund, we’re big fans of sourcing our power locally, which is why we’re supporting the Rural Electric cooperatives initiative. Rural Electric cooperatives are non-profit electric utilities that are member-owned and were first created in the 1930s with the goal of providing energy to rural communities. Not only do you get to decide on where the power comes from when, but you get to elect the people who run them.

These elections are important because the races typically receive a very low voter turnout and they have favored more traditional energy sources. As a member of a Rural Electric co-op you get one vote in a board of director election. That board then governs the cooperative and hires staff. If we elect officials who have a vision, not only can we source cleaner, cheaper energy, the co-op will also build clean energy jobs and solutions right in our own communities.

POW worked with three renewable energy champions from the San Miguel Power Association, Holy Cross Energy and Empire Electric Association and we’re stoked that two of the three candidates won their election. Congrats to Adam Quinton from Holy Cross Energy in Vail Valley, Colorado and Corey Robinson from the Empire Electric Association in Cortez, CO! We can’t wait to see the positive impact these candidates will have on their communities.

We also want to extend a huge thank you to POW Alliance member and professional climber, Angela Hawse, for encouraging turnout to vote in local co-op elections across the state of Colorado through her targeted videos (see below). With her help we were able to create ads and activations designed to elect candidates who support a rapid transition to clean energy. 

Be sure to check out the full map of Colorado’s Rural Electric Co-ops.

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