CCEC observing National Co-op Month
Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. “Co-ops Commit” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the countless ways cooperatives meet the needs of their members and communities.
“Our cooperative delivers electricity to 39,000-plus member-owners in our service area,” said CEO and General Manager Craig Conrad. “Delivering safe, reliable, affordable power is our top priority, but we are also invested in our communities because we are locally owned and operated. Revenue generated by CCEC goes back to Main Street, not Wall Street.” This year alone, we returned a record $5.4 million to our members and former members.
America is served by a network of about 1,000 electric cooperatives, most of which were formed in the 1930s and 40s to bring electricity to farms and rural communities overlooked by investor-owned power companies that weren’t willing to serve because of the higher costs involved in serving low-population and low-density areas.
In addition to providing the vital power co-op members depend on, CCEC members have provided more than $3 million to strengthen our communities and help individuals in need through the co-ops’ Operation RoundUP program administered by the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation. The co-op’s Relay for Life team continues to be a leader in raising money to help cancer victims and their families. CCEC also supports education through scholarships, Bright Ideas education grants, its Touchstone Energy Youth Leadership Weekend, and more.
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