What does membership mean?The cooperative difference
Energy Efficient Programs & Resources
When you are a part of Brunswick Electric, you’re not just a customer – you’re a member!
Electric cooperatives are independent electricity providers that are owned by the members they serve (that’s you!). They were formed in the mid-1930s to bring at-cost electric service to parts of America where larger, for-profit utilities were reluctant to operate.
Because we are member-owned, we are accountable, service-driven, and do more for our communities than provide electricity. In short, co-ops are designed to put the community’s best interests first.
Since we answer to local members rather than far-away shareholders, we’re more nimble and able to respond quickly to the changing needs of our community. We return any revenue after expenses and planning to our members because we’re not-for-profit.
Even though we’re locally-owned and operated, we cooperate with other electric cooperatives across the country to develop new technologies, invest in equipment and infrastructure that benefits multiple co-ops in a region, and assist with major outages. This type of collaboration allows us to address complex challenges while remaining true to our local roots.
Brunswick Electric was built by the community, belongs to the community and continues to be led by the community––that’s the cooperative difference!