Cullman Electric Power Outage Map

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What is an Electric Cooperative?


Cooperatives are not-for-profit, consumer-owned businesses. Electric utility cooperatives build and maintain three times the miles of power line of other utilities and do so at comparable rates despite fewer customers. They do this by operating on a not-for-profit, cost-of-service basis.


Once a member pays the membership fee, they become a part owner of the cooperative. They have a voice in how the cooperative is operated and influence this process through casting their vote at the annual meeting. It is also at the annual meeting that the members elect Cullman EC’s nine-member board of trustees from the membership. Three board positions are voted on at each annual meeting.


Because the members of the cooperative are also the owners this means the cooperative is locally owned and operated. Employees of the cooperative are also local residents who are familiar with the needs of the communities they serve.