Governance (8)

Sunday, 26 April 2020 15:23

Organizing Our Virginia Cooperatives

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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative is in the midst of an election for three seats on its board of directors. The process involves voting on a proxy form attached to the July issue of Cooperative Living magazine. REC members can also vote on REC’s website at or by attending REC’s annual meeting in person in Fredericksburg on August 22. 

In 2014 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative began holding annual “Get Connected” events each May. These were open to all co-op members and featuring free dinner and entertainment such as bands and dancers. The food is good, the entertainment is top-notch, and the dinners are often very well-attended. REC rotates the Get Connected locations around the co-op’s service territory each year. And each year the co-op promotes the event heavily in the area surrounding the dinner location. REC has also always announced the dinner a month or two ahead of time in Cooperative Living, the free monthly magazine that goes to all REC members.

Nine organizations representing a wide range of public policy ideologies introduced the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition today, an unprecedented coalition united to reform Virginia’s energy market.

Friday, 26 April 2019 01:02

Rural Electric Cooperatives Defined

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Rural electric cooperatives are nonprofit electric utilities. Unlike the big investor-owned utilities, rural electric cooperatives (also called “electric co-ops”) are owned by member-owners, the customers for which they provide electricity. These cooperatives were created in the 1930s to bring electricity to areas of rural America that investor-owned utilities refused to serve due to cost concerns. Today, electric cooperatives provide electricity to 12 percent of Americans and own 42 percent of the country’s electric distribution lines.

Friday, 26 April 2019 00:32

REC Regions

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REC’s service area is divided into nine separate regions which determine where board members must live. This is the current map, established in August of 2017.

Thursday, 25 April 2019 21:55

Why We Need Reform

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Download our fact sheet for an overview of our campaign and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s undemocratic policies, listen to the Repower REC launch teleconference, or read our full memo outlining the case for reform at REC. You can also read our op-ed published in the Rappahannock News and The Free Lance-Star.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is charged with representing the interests of its member-owners. Yet until recently, REC’s board made it difficult for member-owners to get basic information about how much they are paid. REC’s board sets its own pay, so having full and easy access to the details about board pay is the only meaningful limit on how much they can enrich themselves.

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