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The Economic Impact of America’s Electric Cooperatives

“The Economic Impact of America’s Electric Cooperatives” was conducted by FTI Consulting and commissioned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). 

This report quantifies what many rural American families and businesses know well—electric cooperatives are powerful engines of economic development in their local communities. Affordable and reliable electricity is a key ingredient for a successful economy.  Because electric cooperatives were built by, belong to, and are rooted in the communities that they serve, they play a vibrant role as economic cornerstones for millions of American families, businesses and workers.

From 2013-17, electric co-ops:

  • Contributed $881 billion in U.S. sales output, $200 billion in labor income and $112 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.
  • Spent $359 billion on goods and services across the economy, including:
    • $274 billion on operational expenditures,
    • $60 billion on capital investments,
    • $20 billion on maintenance, and
    • $5 billion on credits retired and paid in cash to consumer-members under the membership structure of cooperatives.

A copy of the full report can be here: The Economic Impact of America's Electric Cooperatives

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