As a member-owner of a Touchstone Energy electric cooperative, you are a part of what makes the cooperative difference!
Electric cooperatives are private, autonomous electric utilities owned by the people they serve. As a cooperative, Roanoke Electric Cooperative is owned by you, our member-owner. There are more than 900 electric cooperatives across 47 states that provide service to 42 million members like you.
Roanoke Electric Co-op is proud to have been serving member-owners for more than 80 years, however, we aren’t your grandmother’s cooperative. We are your electric cooperative and service provider of today — and of the future.
Watch the video to learn more about how Roanoke Electric Co-op is striving to make your life better today, tomorrow and beyond.
Cooperatives are so special that we believe in promoting the interest of the member-owners we serve by following these 7 cooperative principles:
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.