Together we will continue to work for a viable environment for electric co-ops and the quality of life of the people and communities’ that cooperatives serve.
As a co-op member, you recognize that balancing electricity needs and environmental goals are becoming difficult. Together, we need to know what our nation’s elected officials are doing to ensure that electricity remains safe, affordable and reliable.
As a member-owned electric co-op, we have a responsibility to provide elected officials with the information they need to make good decisions and effective policy. You can help make sure these important lines of communication stay open by being a part of PVREA’s Co-op Grassroots Program.
Simply sign up to be a part of our newsletter, and when we need our co-op members to participate in an action we’ll call upon you.
How to get involved
Take Action! Protect Your Co-op's Tax-Exempt Status
Electric cooperatives are not-for-profit organizations, which means we're owned by our community and we work for our community to provide safe, reliable, and affordable power. As a not-for-profit entity, PVREA holds a tax-exempt status. Recent changes to the tax code by Congress cut right to the heart of who we are as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt co-op.
These changes now classify government grants as non-member revenue, which means if your co-op receives FEMA disaster relief aid - such as the funds we received to help us restore after the 2013 Floods and 2012 High Park Fire - or other grants for energy efficiency, economic development support, or other projects, PVREA's non-member revenue will increase and our tax-exempt status will be at risk.
Electric co-ops across America are leading a co-op advocacy effort to pass the bipartisan RURAL Act, which will restore certainty and common sense by ensuring that when co-ops restore power after a storm or invest in an economic development project, those co-ops won’t also have to spend more of their members’ money paying taxes. Which in turn helps us keep rates affordable.
As Congress returns from recess, it is vital for all of us in the co-op family to push Congress to pass this legislation. Read this article from our national trade organization to learn more about this issue. Please take action for your local co-op and to help us keep rates affordable!
Visit action.coop/ruralact and let your voice be heard in support of the RURAL Act.
Get Involved with ACRE
The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) is the federal Political Action Committee (PAC) of electric cooperative members across the nation. ACRE contributions supports candidates for the U.S. House and Senate who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their members. Contact the Cooperative at 1-800-432-1012 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
Follow updates on the electric industry and learn about the issues we care about at the Co-op Action Network.
Sign up for the Co-op Grassroots Email Alerts
It is important that your voice be heard on these and other issues as they are debated in the statehouse and Washington, D.C. Making your voice heard is more important than ever before. Sign up to receive action alerts by email. It takes less than a minute but can make all the difference.