What is a Cooperative?

Cooperatives like Cass County Electric are not-for-profit businesses that operate for the benefit of their members. We don’t deal out cash to faceless investors at the end of the quarter or year. If you pay your electric bill from us each month, YOU are one of our investors. In fact, after a period of time, we give money back to you in the form of capital credits. And guess what—that makes you an owner.

As a member of a cooperative, you are more than just a customer. Sure, you pay us for a service like a typical customer might. But as an investor, owner, and member of this cooperative, you have a say in what we do. CCEC is governed by a board of directors—they’re all members who ran for a position and were elected by other members. As a member, you can vote each year for our directors. In fact, you can skip voting altogether and run for a position on the board if you want. We hold elections every year at our annual meeting in April.

Members rely on the product or service from the co-op, and the co-op relies on its members. We don't strive for financial gain, we strive to establish relationships and strengthen communities. That's the cooperative difference, and we're glad that you're a part of it.