Cooperative electric utility

What is Cooperative electric utility?

Cooperative electric utility meaning An electric utility legally established to be owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its service. The utility company will generate, transmit, and/or distribute supplies of electric energy to a specified area not being serviced by another utility. Such ventures are generally exempt from Federal income tax laws. Most electric cooperatives have been initially financed by the Rural Utilities Service (prior Rural Electrification Administration), U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

reference: Glossary – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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