Why is Fairness for All Member-Owners so Important to Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives?

Most Member-Owners cannot afford a significant increase in their electric bills. According to the Associated Electric Cooperative’s 2016 Triennial Survey, 15 percent of Member-Owners have average annual household incomes that are less than $25,000, and 58 percent have household incomes that are less than $75,000.

Across all income levels, Member-Owners rank affordability as the most important factor for your Cooperative to consider, and 79 percent of Member-Owners are not willing to pay more for their electricity to help subsidize their neighbors who want to install small scale renewables.

 Since the 1930’s, Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives have delivered safe, affordable, and reliable electricity with the principle that all Member-Owners should be treated fairly and should evenly contribute to the fixed costs that keep the electric grid operating.