Who We Are

Values

Strategy Map

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)

Cooperative History

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

The rural people of America were the have-nots. They were told that, for them, it was not profitable for electric companies to provide electricity. No profit, no lights.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt offered the people a New Deal.

As part of the New Deal, the Rural Electrification Administration was established in 1935. The Rural Electrification Act was signed in 1936 enabling loans to be made to cooperatives ready to electrify rural America.

In December 1940, approximately 150 people gathered at the Black Forest Community Center to see about getting electricity to the areas beyond Colorado Springs. They established a cooperative and incorporated in 1941. They applied for, and received, a loan to build an electric system.

Black and white photo of man standing next to power pole.

Our Cooperative

The co-op started by purchasing Commonwealth Electric Company and its generator in Limon. The Co-op also purchased the power lines running along Highway 24 to Falcon.

Membership in the co-op at that time was $5, and members were expected to help build the lines to their houses, contributing equipment, and just plain hard work. This was the foundation for today’s cooperative, Mountain View Electric Association.

Old Mountain View office

Today

As a member, you are part of a great tradition – a rural cooperative.

MVEA still operates on the same principles it started with years ago. We are still owned by the members we serve and we work to provide the very best in service.

The original members who worked hard to improve the quality of life for today’s members changed our rural service area forever.

Members at event talking outside

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.

1941

Year Organized

Counties served:

65500+

Number of Services

Source: Annual Report (PDF)

The Cooperative Difference & Member-First
MVEA Programs

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.

Membership Benefits

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.

2 linemen with one knee on ground in handshake smiling at camera.

The 7 Cooperative Principles

As a member-owned electric cooperative, we are guided by the “7 Cooperative Principles” that are recognized industry-wide:

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.

Members at annual meeting sitting in chairs, smiling.

We call this approach to governance and dedication to our members and community “The Cooperative Difference.”

Capital Credits

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:

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