Abstract

If there's one thing poor, rural communities tend to have in common, it's where they get their power—not political power, but actual electricity. Over 900 rural electric cooperatives (RECs)—owned and operated by their members—stretch through forty-seven states, serving 42 million ratepayers and 11 percent of the country's demand for electricity. They also serve 93 percent of the country's "persistent poverty counties," 85 percent of which lie in non-metropolitan areas. REC service areas encompass everything from isolated farm homes to mountain hollers to small cities, with the highest concentrations in the South, the Midwest, and the Great Plains. And they might just offer an opportunity to curb the right and the climate crisis alike.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1946-0910
Print ISSN
0012-3846
Pages
pp. 60-66
Launched on MUSE
2017-07-20
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.