What is a cooperative?

7 Cooperative PrinciplesCooperatives are based upon principles – seven, to be exact. Click on the chart at left to view them. In a cooperative, every member has a voice and a vote. Electric cooperatives hold member business meetings annually, allowing members to elect fellow member-owners to guide the cooperative and have a say in how their utility is run. (Click on image to enlarge.)

The Cooperative Difference
Todd-Wadena is owned by those we serve – our members. The cooperative board and staff focus on the local needs of our members and our communities. Our number one goal is to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible cost.

Electric Cooperative StoryThis short video
(click box at right) 
co-ops in an entertaining way.


The Annual Meeting

An important part of the life of a cooperative! See more here.

Capital Credits

Cooperatives are non-profit businesses organized by and for the people they serve. So any profits are allocated to special accounts set up for each member. These allocations are pro-rated among the membership according to patronage – the more energy you purchased during the year, the bigger  your share of the margins.

Before being returned to members, the money is put to work financing part of the cooperative’s construction and maintenance costs. That’s why your share of the margins are called capital credits. You’ve been credited for the capital you’ve supplied and eventually you’ll get a check for it. If Todd-Wadena did not use capital credits to fund construction, we would have to borrow additional capital and added interest expense on this debt would affect all members in the form of higher rates.

Cooperatives pay out capital credits as soon as it makes economic sense to do so. Todd-Wadena currently returns its capital credits after about 20 years. Checks are mailed in December.