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Members want low cost

Reliable electricity may be taken for granted by consumers, but affordability certainly is not. The expectation of clean, affordable, reliable electricity begins with member-consumers and their expectations of their local distribution cooperatives.

Because we are member-governed and member-controlled, our members' focus on electricity prices drives our focus on costs. Half of Associated Electric Cooperative's mission is to provide its six transmission member-owners with reliable wholesale electricity. The other half is to deliver that electricity economically.

As the wholesale power generator for this three-tiered system of cooperatives, Associated Electric affects the costs of 51 distribution cooperatives in three states. The goal of our three-tiered system of cooperatives is to deliver reliable electricity to cooperative member-consumers at the lowest cost possible.

Member distribution cooperatives served by Associated Electric Cooperative and its six owner G&Ts overall continue to buy power at a lower cost than the average paid by nonmember distribution cooperatives in eight states surrounding the three-tiered system, according to the latest data from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp.

Members don't just want low cost, they need low-cost electricity.

  • 41 percent of member households have income of less than $50,000 a year.
  • 16 percent have income of less than $25,000 a year.
  • High-income households (more than $150,000) are 6 percent of households.
  • Nearly two-thirds of surveyed members indicated they are age 55 or older.
    • 39 percent of members are age 65 or older, and many of those are on limited or fixed incomes.
    • 51 percent of senior-member households make less than $50,000 a year.
    • 22 percent of members age 65 and older reported income of less than $25,000.
  • The highest wage earners are found in households age 35 to 54.
  • The youngest age group, ages 18 to 34, is 6 percent of membership. In this age group, 4 out of 10 earned less than $50,000.
  • Two-thirds of AECI system households include only one or two individuals.
  • Conversely, one-third of households hold three or more members.
  • 44 percent of surveyed members are employed; 40 percent is retired or on a pension; and 3 percent is unemployed.

Source: 2016 Member Satisfaction Survey


We CARE about the environment and constantly seek ways to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of our units.

In fact, we have invested millions of dollars to reduce nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions.

Our mission

To provide an economical and reliable power supply and support services to our members

Take Control & Save

Since 2008 Associated has offered member systems the Take Control & Save program to encourage and support energy efficiency measures that help them save on their electric bills. Associated and participating co-ops have invested more than $60 million in the program since 2008, and these investments to date, such as Energy Star appliances and weatherization improvements, are projected to save more than 2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity during their lifetime.