We're back! From the TechAdvantage tradeshow that is! We had a great time learning about electric cooperatives this week and we want to thank everyone who came to our booth. From all of wonderfual conversations at TechAdvantage, we'd like to share three things we learned from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association at TechAdvantage 2014.1. Electric Cooperatives are a little different, but in a good way!
According to the NRECA, we learned that cooperatives can be described by a few main facts, such as:
- Private, independent, non-profit electric utilities
- Owned by the customers they serve
- Incorporated under the laws of the states in which they operate
- Established to provide at-cost electric service
- Governed by a board of directors elected from the membership which sets policies and procedures that are implemented by the co-op’s management
As you can imagine, because the members of the cooperative are members of the community they servce, they are very happy to give back in any way they can. This is often seen through community service, or charitable events, as well as youth groups that can help shape the younger minds of the community. There is a comraderie in cooperatives that is unparalled, and it was wonderful to see it come alive at this tradeshow.
From five technicians to 700 technicians, we talked to a lot of people with a wide range of workforce management needs for their cooperative. We found that a scheduling solution would be a benefit for all types of cooperatives but that some may see it as a want rather than a need at this time in their yearly budget. This was valueable information to walk away with and in turn helped Euclides learn what we can do to better serve small to medium utilities in the future.