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Energy and Utilities

Energy Co-operatives

Offer cheaper energy

Energy co-ops are interested in delivering value to customers. This means they invest in products such as renewable energy which may provide less income to the co-op but will deliver better long-term value to the member.

Spread benefits widely

A co-operatively-owned wind farm, for example, allows local community members to have a stake in the business, spreading its benefits widely

Deliver a social license to operate

Local ownership of energy assets such as wind farms has been shown to mean fewer objections from the local community

Examples

America’s Electric Co-operatives

There are more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, public power districts, and public utility districts in the United States. They are a legacy of the New Deal, and between 1937 and 1953 they were responsible for growing rural access to electricity from 10% of U.S. farms to 90% of U.S. farms.

Year established: 1937

Type: Customer Owned

Industry: Energy and Utilities

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited (CICL)

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited (CICL)

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited (CICL) is a member owned co-operative which supplies irrigation and corporate services to its members and customers. Its irrigation delivery is via gravity through open earthen channels.  CICL’s modernisation journey has focussed on improving our water supply service, measurement and efficiency. 

Year established: 1997

Type: Producer Owned

Industry: Energy and Utilities

Harvey Water

Harvey Water

Harvey Water is a self-funded cooperative which delivers non-potable water to its members and a broad customer base, located in the premium south west growing districts, 100km south of Perth, in Western Australia.

Year established: 1996

Type: Producer Owned

Industry: Energy and Utilities

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