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Clean Power, Renewables and Carbon Reduction

There has been no shortage of discussion around the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan released for public comment in June 2014. A healthy debate has emerged around the issues of climate change, carbon emissions and renewable energy. In the process of this public discourse, electric cooperatives have been called on to account for our position regarding these hot topics.

On the whole, electric cooperatives serve 42 million of the more than 145 million electric consumers in the United States, or about 29%. To serve those members, 837 distribution cooperatives own and maintain roughly 2.5 million miles, or 42% of the total distribution lines in the nation. As a distribution cooperative, our job is to deliver reliable, affordable electricity to our members.

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What is a Grassroots Movement?


A grassroots movement is a community-centered movement focusing on preserving or advancing the values of the community. The need for grassroots movements stems from the inequity between the interests of small, often isolated interest groups and the traditional power structure. More often than not, grassroots movements are associated with political parties and offices at all levels of government.

Our grassroots program - MEC Roots -  is all about preserving the quality of life our members enjoy by virtue of stable electricity prices delivered by a not-for-profit electric cooperative.  

By signing up for MEC Roots, you can take a more active role in your Cooperative. When you sign up, we will send you a quarterly newsletter covering the challenges that face the Cooperative and ultimately, your rates. When we need a little extra support, we will engage our members to contact their representatives to support or oppose an issue that may have a significant impact on the Cooperative. Read more.




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