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Under the successful and proven cooperative business model, 明尼苏达州的365beat中文网合作社由当地的消费者所有,价格由消费者所有,由选举产生的董事会管理,这些董事会也是该组织的消费者所有人. In a cooperative, the member-owners have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and a vital and valued voice.

Electric Cooperatives operate at a close-to-cost, 为明尼苏达州农村和郊区的企业和消费者提供有竞争力的能源成本.

Minnesota’s electric cooperatives

明尼苏达州的365beat中文网合作社彼此独立, 但合作为覆盖该州85%的农村地区提供365beat中文网.

  • Are home to 44 distribution cooperatives, 6个发电和输电合作社服务的是哪些
  • Employ about 2,974 people
  • Serve 855,002 meters or about 1.7 million of Minnesota’s 5.1 million residents
  • 中等规模的合作社有8296名成员,规模在1878至132,289人之间
  • Supply over 16,683,413 MWh per year, which is about 22.9 % of Minnesota’s electricity
  • Operate the largest distribution network in the state, with more than 135,258 miles of electric lines
  • Average 6.6 consumers per mile of distribution line. According to current national statistics, 所有其他公用事业(包括投资者拥有和市政服务)平均每英里配送线32个客户.

Seven cooperative principles

大多数合作社努力坚持七个合作原则, which combine to help build trust between the co-op, its members and the community. Download 7 Cooperative Principles.


  • 1. Voluntary and open membership

    Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, 向所有能够使用其服务并愿意承担会员责任的人开放, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

  • 2. Democratic member control

    合作社是由其成员控制的民主组织, 谁积极参与制定政策和决策. 当选的代表对全体会员负责. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, 一票),其他各级的合作社则以民主方式组织起来.

  • 3. Members’ economic participation

    成员们公平地对合作社的资本作出贡献,并实行民主控制. 这些资本中至少有一部分通常是合作社的共同财产. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. 社员将盈余拨作下列任何或全部用途:发展合作社, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

  • 4. Autonomy and independence

    合作社是由其成员控制的自治、自助组织. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, 他们这样做的条件是确保其成员的民主控制,并保持合作自治.

  • 5. Education, training, and information

    合作社为其成员提供教育和培训, elected representatives, 管理人员和雇员,使他们能够有效地为合作社的发展作出贡献. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

  • 6. Cooperation among cooperatives

    合作社为其成员提供最有效的服务,并通过地方合作加强合作社运动, national, regional and international structures.

  • 7. Concern for community

    While focusing on member needs, 合作社通过其成员接受的政策为其社区的可持续发展而努力.


资本信贷:作为合作成员的诸多好处之一

As cost-based utilities, electric co-ops don’t earn a profit; they use the term margin for the remaining revenue after all debts have been paid. 资本信贷反映了每个成员在合作社中的股权和对合作社的资本贡献. 利润率不同于投资者拥有的公用事业公司向股东支付的股息, who may or may not receive service from the utility. 该州的365beat中文网合作社每年平均返还消费者所有者2600万美元.

Co-ops 是否有两个主要的资金来源来资助365beat中文网行业的长期投资 utility infrastructure: debt and equity. Debt is money borrowed from outside sources. Equity is money invested by co-op member-owners. Equity investments made by members of the cooperative are called capital credits.

Cooperatives 法律允许将资本信贷分配资金用于:

  • Payment 合作社长期债务的主要部分,按其要求 mortgage agreements
  • Adding new power lines in developing areas
  • Upgrading outdated infrastructure

Capital 如果合作社的会员在未来的某一日期,其积分可退还给会员 财务状况足以返还部分股权 member-owners, a decision made by the co-op’s board.


Concern for community

Minnesota 365beat中文网合作社是它们所服务的社区的一个组成部分. With 我们拥有超过80年的经验,为客户提供价廉可靠的服务, 合作社是改善经济健康状况的现成交付系统 他们的乡村和郊区社区,他们的董事会和员工居住的地方 work.

 明尼苏达州365beat中文网合作社的经济发展努力是联邦农村电气化计划最初目标的延伸,该计划的目标是为所有公民提供高质量的生活,无论他们住在哪里. 在使用美国农业部发放的农村经济发展贷款和补助金方面,明尼苏达州365beat中文网合作社通常在全美50个州中名列前茅.

Cooperatives 积极吸引和帮助扩大现有业务. They often 承担改善基础设施的项目,如宽带和改善 quality of life. 他们是一个社区经济发展的基石 通过向美国农业部担保的无息贷款提供担保,刺激就业机会的创造 Rural Development Service.


Community outreach

Many 明尼苏达365beat中文网合作社的志愿者和奖学金 程序,包括Operation Round Up®,GreenTouch等.

The Operation Round Up®计划从同意参加的会员中汇集一笔资金 把他们的电费合计到下一美元,通常不超过50美元 cents per month, or an average of $6.00 per year per customer bill. In the first ten years, members gave more than $4.8 million to local charities through Operation Round Up®. The “绿色触摸”项目是明尼苏达州试金石能源公司(Touchstone Energy)之间的合作伙伴关系 cooperatives and the Minnesota state park system. The state’s electric co-ops 向明尼苏达州自然资源部捐赠了32万美元 帮助资助州立公园指南和初级公园自然学家项目.