CONTRIBUTING TO MEMBERS AND RURAL ALBERTA – YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Battle River Power Coop has been providing safe, reliable power distribution to rural Alberta for over 70 years and our sole mission is to provide the best and most cost-effective electric power service to our 8,500+ member-owners while operating under sound cooperative business principles.
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Our rural Alberta service area stretches from the Town of Bruderheim in the north to the Village of Alix in the south, and east from the Town of Wainwright to the Village of Thorsby in the west, spanning 13 Alberta Municipal Districts and Counties.
In the 1940’s, there was no distribution system available to bring essential electricity to rural Albertans. The big corporate utility companies refused to do so as they did not believe it was financially viable. So progressive and determined farmers formed cooperatives, known as Rural Electrification Associations, and worked together to build their own rural distribution system – a cooperative effort that was a vital contributor to the economic growth of Alberta’s rural economy.
Grounded in that proud tradition of community co-operation, Battle River Power Coop is an innovative electricity distributor continually demonstrating flexibility in meeting the needs of our members by implementing new technology and developing member and community oriented programs.
Following key cooperative principles, the Board of Directors for the Battle River Cooperative REA are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting held locally within our rural service area. These Directors are members who live and work in the communities we serve and truly understand the needs of the members they represent.
We take the commitment to our members and the social and economic responsibility to our community seriously.
Under our cooperative business model we do not generate profits for stockholders; we produce tangible savings annually for members producing positive direct economic impact for rural Alberta.
We invest in our youth – annually awarding 5 scholarships to member’s children to assist in their post-secondary educations.
We source all of the goods and services we use annually within our region first, and then provincially.
We develop rural initiatives like the Member Value Program that supports local, rural business.
We support community by developing synergies with the 13 Municipal Districts and Counties where we provide services; annually coordinating activities such as vegetation management, line patrols and capital projects. These synergies leverage member and taxpayer dollars for maximum return.
We support community through free public safety initiatives and make presentations to EMS, fire departments and schools across our service area.
Mission, Vision and Values
Battle River Power Coop’s sole mission is to provide electricity to our members and future members
in the most prudent manner possible, while providing the best possible service.
To operate a fair, accountable and responsible cooperative demonstrating flexibility and futuristic vision.
Our four core values are integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.
|Voluntary and Open Membership – Battle River Power Coop is a voluntary organization, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination. “Membership for All”|
|Democratic Member Control – Battle River Power Coop is a democratic organization controlled by its members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. “One Member, One Vote”|
|Members’ Economic Participation – Battle River Power Coop members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. “You Don’t Just Pay for Electricity, You Invest in the Utility You Own”|
|Autonomy and Independence – Battle River Power Coop is autonomous, a self-help organization controlled by its members. “Self-Reliance Is a Way of Life”|
|Education, Training, and Information – Battle River Power Coop provides education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. “You are an Owner, Not a Customer”|
|Cooperation Among Cooperatives – Battle River Power Coop serves its members most effectively and strengthens the cooperative movement by working together. “Working Together to Benefit All”|
|Concern for Community – While Battle River Power Coop focuses on member needs, Battle River Power Coop will work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members. “Serving Our Neighbors Means More Than Just Keeping the Lights On”|