To provide our members safe, reliable, affordable, and responsible electric service and access to broadband services.
To be conscientious stewards of our resources and adopters of beneficial ideas and technologies.
Be honest, open, and fair minded in the conduct of all Association matters.
Regard safety of employees, members, and the public as a primary objective in all policy and business decisions.
Anticipate and mitigate risks that might cause or prolong interruption of electrical services.
Provide the lowest cost power consistent with safety, reliability, and responsible environmental stewardship, while anticipating and mitigating risks that might threaten the financial health of the Association.
Reflect respect for members and employees in all policies and practices and provide exceptional member services consistent with safety, reliability, and affordability.
Support member communities through policies and business decisions that sustain and enhance local economic vitality and quality of life.
Be accountable for protection and responsible use of our resources, professional completion of our work, and recognition and correction of our deficiencies.
MVEA’s Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team meet annually to develop a strategic plan which serves as a roadmap with initiatives focused on the services we provide to MVEA members.
Those efforts are culminated into a strategy map that is deeply rooted in our mission to continue to provide safe, reliable, responsible, and affordable electricity to MVEA’s growing co-op membership through an era of rising costs and industry changes.MVEA’s 2024 Strategy Map (PDF)
In the early part of the 20th century, society was divided into rural and urban, the haves and the have-nots. Electricity was the great divider.
1935 to 1940s
Facts About Your Co-op
The following are some interesting facts about your cooperative. Some of these numbers are approximate since MVEA is growing daily.
Number of Services
Number of Members
Number of Employees
Meters Per Mile
Miles of Energized Line
Source: Annual Report (PDF)
The Cooperative Difference & Member-First
Explore the Benefits of Being an Electric Cooperative Member!
In 1941 when Mountain View Electric Association was incorporated, our founding members were dedicated to establishing an electric cooperative that would provide rural communities with access to reliable and affordable power.
We are an electric cooperative that was created by the members we serve as part of the historical electrification of rural America. Due to their commitment, light was brought to night and modern convenience arrived in a world of hard labor for small tasks.
To our founding members, being an electric cooperative member was a point of pride.
The benefits of being a “modern-day” electric cooperative may not be as historically obvious as remembering when the lights came on for the very first time, but that doesn’t mean the benefits no longer exist.
There are many more benefits to being an electric cooperative member than there were in 1941.
When you are a member of a cooperative, you are more than just a customer. You are a member with an investment in an organization that is founded on the principles of community and integrity.
In a world that is influenced by global markets and large investor-owned corporations, being a member of a cooperative means being part of something special — something local, something trusted.
The 7 Cooperative Principles
As a member-owned electric cooperative, we are guided by the “7 Cooperative Principles” that are recognized industry-wide:
Voluntary and Open Membership
Democratic Member Control
Members’ Economic Participation
Autonomy and Independence
Education, Training and Information
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Concern for Community
Our Business Model
These 7 principles trace their roots back to 1844
How we incorporate these principles into our business model during an era that is influenced by changes in rural communities, government regulations, and technology is more important than ever.
We take great pride in building partnerships and creating programs that provide our members with programs and services that “traditional” utility companies do not regularly provide.
We call this approach to governance and dedication to our members and community “The Cooperative Difference.”
Since cooperatives do not earn profits, any excess revenues (net margins) that remain once all expenses have been paid for the year are divided between all MVEA members as capital credits.
Capital credits are retired (which means paid) to members when the Board of Directors finds the cooperative financially capable of doing so.
Dedication to fiscally responsible planning and business practices has enabled MVEA to retire over $81 million in capital credits to our members since our first retirement.
MVEA’s Energy Efficiency Rebates
Energy efficiency helps us all save. It is a team effort. You can start with something as small as a light bulb. When you participate in one of our energy efficiency programs, you will:
Use less electricity and save on your monthly electric bill
Help reduce the overall demand for electricity within our co-op territory
MVEA members can apply for rebates by completing the MVEA Energy Efficiency Rebate form that is available on our rebates page.
MVEA offers our members a chance to purchase blocks of green power to help spur further development of renewable energy sources. The purchased green power blocks help offset the use of fossil fuel-generated power.
As the cost of research and development for renewable energy goes down, so does the cost to purchase green power blocks.
In 2000, MVEA started offering green power at the cost of $2.50 per 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) block.
Today, the cost is only 10¢ per 100 kWh block.
Operation Round Up
MVEA started the Operation Round Up program in 2000 to assist:
- Non-profit organizations
- Communities with special needs
- Individuals who have suffered from loss, personal disasters, or medical emergencies
Operation Round Up Funds
The funds stay in the MVEA service territory
Members have given over $3.6 million to this program by rounding their bill up to the next dollar
The maximum contribution for the year is less than $12. It is a small price to pay for helping our communities
Together We Save
Visit our Together We Save page.