Dixie Electric Cooperative is one of the fastest growing electric cooperatives in Alabama. As a member-owned electric utility, we are owned by those we serve. Unlike an investor-owned utility that is in business to make a profit for investors and shareholders, your cooperative is a non-profit organization.
We operate under the cooperative business model that is based on seven principles:
1. Voluntary and Open Membership — Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Member Control — Cooperatives are controlled by their members — those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
3. Members' Economic Participation — Members contribute equally to, and control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
4. Autonomy and Independence — Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information — Cooperatives provide education and training for members, trustees, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
6. Cooperation among Cooperatives — Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community — While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.
Dixie Electric Cooperative serves more than 21,000 member-owners in eight Alabama counties, including: