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More than 900 electric cooperatives in 47 states provide services to almost three-quarters of the landmass of the United States.

These are primarily private, independent, non-profit electric utility businesses, owned by the customers they serve.

With the average poverty rate in co-op service areas (particularly in Appalachia and the Southeast) often higher than the national average, and costs for electricity typically higher per-capita in rural areas, those served by co-ops usually spend a disproportionately higher amount of their income on energy bills.

This article was originally published in Smart Energy International 4-2018.  The full article will be published on 28 September 2018, but you can read the full article via our digital magazine today.