DURANGO –– La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. “Co-ops Commit” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the countless ways cooperatives meet the needs of their members and communities.
“Our cooperative delivers electricity to more than 33,000 member-owners in our service area of Colorado,” says CEO Mike Dreyspring. “Delivering safe, reliable, affordable power is our top priority, but we are also invested in our communities because we are locally owned and operated. Revenue generated by LPEA goes back to Main Street, not Wall Street.”
Rural America is served by a network of about 1,000 electric cooperatives, most of which were formed in the 1930s and 40s to bring electricity to farms and rural communities that large, investor-owned power companies had no interest in serving because of the higher costs involved in serving low-population and low-density areas.
In addition to providing the vital power co-op members depend on, La Plata Electric Association’s Round Up Foundation But Round Up has contributed more than $1 million in grants to hundreds of local agencies and organizations in Archuleta and La Plata counties.
To celebrate National Co-op Month, LPEA will conduct several contests conducted on LPEA’s social media platforms. Members have the opportunity to enter and win one of five $25 gift cards and additional prizes during National Co-op Month.
Follow #CoopMonth on Facebook and Twitter to see how co-ops across the country are celebrating National Co-op Month.