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Co-op Associations

Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (MECA)
MECA is a statewide trade association formed in 1940 that represents 26 member-owned electric distribution cooperatives and three generation and transmission cooperatives in Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho. MECA performs many vital functions for its members including: legislative representation at the state and national level; safety and loss control training and demonstrations; Rural Montana magazine; education and training programs; youth tours to Washington, D.C. and administrative oversight for the self-insured workers’ compensation pool of 50 Montana telephone and electric cooperatives and subsidiaries. Click here to learn more about MECA.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
NRECA is the national organization that represents the national interests of cooperative electric utilities. Since it was founded in 1942, NRECA has been an advocate for member-owned cooperatives on energy and operational issues and rural community and economic development.  Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) - ACRE is the federal Political Action Committee (PAC) of NRECA. This grassroots program is made up of activists who understand that political involvement is necessary for success in political matters. ACRE supports congressional candidates, regardless of party, who share public policy goals that are in line with the mission of member-owned electric cooperatives. Statewide associations receive about half of the contributions made to ACRE for use in state elections. For more information on ACRE, visit NRECA’s website,, and click on Public Policy and Political Action.

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA)
NWPPA is an organization of public and people’s utility districts, electric cooperatives, municipalities and crown corporations in the Western United States and Canada. It provides training and education, public information, communication, federal legislative coordination, surveys, data and networking opportunities in addition to products and services for the utility industry. More information NWPPA is available on their website,

Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin)
Basin, headquartered in Bismarck, ND, is a membership cooperative formed in 1961 to provide supplemental power to a group of electric distribution cooperatives. Their main business is generating and delivering electricity to wholesale customers which are mainly its member systems. Basin is one of the largest electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives in the U.S. They distribute power to 2.5 million consumers in nine north central states. Visit Basin’s website,, for more information and the services offered.

Montana Council of Cooperatives
The mission of the Montana Council of Cooperatives is “uniting cooperatives to promote and foster cooperative principles by educating policy makers and the public about their benefits”. Cooperatives offer just about every good and service available in the United States. The Montana Council of Cooperatives strongly support the cooperative business model promote the 6th Cooperative Principle - Cooperation Among Cooperatives to develop and expand co-op businesses. The Montana Cooperative Development Center shares office and support with the Council. For more information on the Montana Council of Cooperatives visit


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