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Resources for the 2013 Youth Tour Contest

Topic

"In terms of electric cooperatives -- What is "grassroots"? Why is it important? And what plan
would you recommend to encourage young people, like yourself, to get involved?"

Guidelines for the 2013 Youth Tour Contest (.pdf)


Defining Grassroots: A History of Co-op Success through Political Action

In the context of the electric co-op program, "Grassroots" is a powerful word. In fact, the historical success of the electric co-ops can be largely credited to that single word.

Grassroots has an electric co-op definition, one that reflects its importance in the industry. "Grassroots" refers to electric cooperative activists - directors, managers, employees and member-owners - who take an active role in the political process to protect their co-op from harmful legislation and regulation, as well as to promote the value of co-op ownership to their legislators.

Grassroots involvement can mean communicating with local, state and federal legislators on issues affecting electric cooperatives. It also can mean efforts by co-op supporters through the Action Committee for Rural Electrification® (ACRE®) to help candidates who want to protect electric cooperatives and co-ops’ mission.

Electric cooperatives have cultivated a reputation on Capitol Hill as a “grassroots” organization. Legislators know that electric co-op member-owners actively get involved by writing, calling and e-mailing their legislators to have their voice heard in the political process. Grassroots advocates speaking with the same voice makes a difference on Capitol Hill.

Grassroots - the unified efforts and voices of the nation’s electric co-op supporters -- has proven to be the foundation of the industry’s 65-years of success in serving electric co-ops, their owners and their communities.

Generating Grass Roots Support

The electric utility industry was once thought of as pretty staid. Yet, in the past decade we have seen unsuccessful experiments in retail deregulation, volatility in wholesale power markets, effective moratoria on new generation due to the threat of global climate change and an economic crisis that has increased focus on affordable electricity and energy efficiency.

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Building Grass Roots

The electric utility industry was once thought of as pretty staid. Yet, in the past decade we have seen unsuccessful experiments in retail deregulation, volatility in wholesale power markets, effective moratoria on new generation due to the threat of global climate change and an economic crisis that has increased focus on affordable electricity and energy efficiency.

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Champions of Change
Winning the Future Across America
http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions

Missouri Youth Tour Blog
Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
http://moyouthtour.blogspot.com/

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour
Educating and Developing Tomorrow's Cooperative Leaders
http://www.youthtour.coop

Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
AMEC, Jefferson City, MO, representing 47 electric co-ops
http://amec.org/

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
NRECA is the National service organization for more than 900 rural electric cooperatives
http://www.nreca.coop



“We’ve got a great story to tell,” said NRECA CEO Glenn English. “This video is a great way to explain to members how they join with their neighbors to truly make a difference for rural Americans, just like the founders of this movement did.”



The Cooperative Purpose video explains how rural electrification was born 75 years ago in a spirit of loyalty and cooperation that can be renewed to deal with today’s challenges.



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