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The Cooperative Difference

Pearl River Valley Electric members have several unique benefits not available to other utility consumers. Three distinct advantages of being served by a cooperative are:

  • They receive service at cost because we operate on a not-for-profit basis
  • They have local control because members of the board of directors are from within the Association’s service area
  • They have the right to participate through a voting membership because they are a member-owner of the business

Pearl River Valley Electric is governed by a ten-member board of directors. These individuals are members of the Association. Three directors are elected each year by PRVEPA members at the annual membership meeting held in the fall. Each director represents a specific district and serves a three-year term.

The board meets monthly to develop policies; establish and review budgets; organize long-range planning and govern the Association. They place the responsibility of day-to-day operations under the general manager and his staff.

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  • Voluntary and Open Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Members’ Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training and Information for Members
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community
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