We’re Thankful For Our Sister Cooperatives

When you think about Woodruff Electric, you probably associate us with the local community. And you would be right. Our leadership team, board of directors and employees all live and work right here in the community we serve. But you may not realize that Woodruff Electric is actually part of a much larger coopera􀀢ve network that brings addi􀀢onal value, tools and knowledge that benefit you, the members of the co-op.

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

When a severe weather event is predicted for our region, we call on our sister co-ops in areas unaffected by the approaching storm. Through this system of mutual aid, we coordinate with other co-ops to bring additonal trucks, equipment and manpower to our area. We work together and share resources in order to restore power to our community. And Woodruff Electric reciprocates by assisting other electric co-ops when they request help. A defining characteristic of a cooperative is “cooperation among cooperatives.” This is a way that coops work together to meet bigger challenges such as power restoration atier a severe weather event. Another area in which Woodruff Electric benefits from cooperation among cooperatives is cybersecurity. Through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) “Rural Cooperative Cybersecurity Capabilities Program” (RC3), we are able to access training, resources and tools to strengthen our efforts to combat cyber threats. Woodruff Electric’s ability to tap into the larger electric cooperative network and access tools, products, resources and leading practices from across the na􀀢on ultimately makes our co-op and our community stronger.

Bright spot

The Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA) project is another example of an area where Woodruff Electric has benefitied from collabora􀀢on with other electric co-ops. Through the SUNDA project, electric co-ops were able to collect data and case studies that provide insight into challenges and solutions related to solar energy technologies. Now, electric cooperatives across the country, including Woodruff Electric, have access to a set of knowledge and resources to more efficiently tailor our renewable energy mix to meet the needs of our local communities.

Global Impact

Lastly, communities across the globe have benefitied from the lessons learned and experience of co – ops in electrification of rural areas in the United States. NRECA International has provided access to reliable and affordable electricity to 120 million people in 43 countries. This effort is made possible through the support of electric co-ops in this state and across the country. Hundreds of lineworkers, engineers and other co-op employees have served as volunteers to bring first -time access to electricity and train local partners to help utilities be sustainable in their own communities. November is a time of year for reflection and giving thanks. We are grateful for our sister co-ops who enable us to better serve our membership and our broader community. When electric co-ops collaborate, we strengthen each other and the communities we serve – and that is something in which to be truly thankful.