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The Benefits of Co-op Member Engagement

From General Manager Dale Ancell

Most consumers would not equate active involvement in their electric company with helping their community, but South Plains Electric Cooperative is not an ordinary utility.

We’re a co-op, and our business model is meant to serve the members and the community—not to make a hefty profit for investors five states away. Our customers are more than consumers; they are members of the co-op. Therein lies the difference.

Our core purpose and mission is to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to our members. As a cooperative, we are motivated by service to the community rather than profits.

We depend on the guidance and perspective of our board to help set priorities for the co-op and guide governance decisions. Our board is composed of members who live and work in our service area because they are in a position to know where community investments are needed most.

South Plains Electric Co-op is controlled by members who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. This is why we value your participation in our annual meeting, local membership meetings and at other co-op events.

South Plains EC has numerous programs that benefit the community. Every summer, for example, we participate in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, which sends local high school students to the nation’s capital to meet with lawmakers, enabling young people to learn firsthand how our democracy works. In addition, we maintain a scholarship program and support local community service initiatives.

We recognize the vital role that South Plains Electric plays in energizing our local economy. We cannot operate effectively and help our community thrive without you, and we value your perspective.

Please let your voice be heard. Weigh in at the membership meetings and join our conversations on Facebook. A majority of our members would like to communicate with us via email and text, so we will be exploring those options. We are always available for face-to-face conversations with five, local service offices and employees with a heart for service.