Would the PAYS model work for rural electric coops?

  • All the states that have participated have rural electric cooperatives who have participated

  • What about in Minnesota though? Those in MN may be skeptical, but(!) there have been some exciting developments recently. Electric cooperatives have seen an atrophy of their member-based democracy over the last 80 years. In part because of the emergence of inclusive financing, co-op members are now asking themselves & each other “wait, don’t I own a piece of this business?” and starting to organize. The “WE OWN IT” campaign is a movement to revitalize electric co-op membership. This campaign has special resources available to help “decalcify” governing boards of co-ops and engage community in discussion.

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