The Cooperative Difference

Posted: September 18, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Male firefighterDay by day, it can be easy to forget how Cloverland Electric Cooperative really is different from other energy companies. What makes us remarkable is you – our members.

As an electric cooperative, we are led by members like you who understand and listen to our community. We don’t answer to outside investors focused on returning profits to investors. This key difference has been part of the plan from the beginning.

Like the more than 900 other electric cooperatives across the United States, we were built by the communities we serve from day one. We were created from the ground up by the people who live here and have a long-term interest in seeing our communities thrive. If you live on our lines today, you’re playing an important role in shaping our future as an energy company.

Your choices help us in our mission to efficiently deliver safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. Thanks to you, we’ve secured 24/7 energy sources and a balanced energy mix to make that possible. In addition to the renewable energy produced by our hydro plant, we’re also investing in more efficient technology and cleaner sources of energy to ensure that tomorrow is even brighter for our members.

All these decisions and advances are thanks to people like you – because we belong to the communities we serve. While you may be used to getting your energy from us, we love the energy we get from you. During National Co-op Month and beyond, we celebrate and honor you – our member-owners of Cloverland Electric Cooperative!

Pictured left to right, the 2020 RESAP team: Cloverland’s Director of Human Resources, Becky Mills; Cloverland’s Director of Safety, Jim Wilson; Michigan Electric Cooperation Association’s (MECA) Safety Administrative Assistant, Sarah Moeller and Safety Instructor, Tom Ulatowski; Presque Isle Cooperative’s Director of Safety and Fleet Management, Greg Karsten; Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association’s Operations Manager, Troy Teirnan; HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Safety and Loss Control Coordinator, Jeff Erridge. Not pictured: MECA’s Director of Safety and Loss Control, Joe McElroy.

Cloverland’s Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP) was conducted in July. Through a team approach, this annual assessment identifies opportunities to make safety improvements. It also allows other cooperative leaders to learn from Cloverland’s safety procedures so they can be implemented at their respective cooperatives.