In the 1930s, nine out of ten homes in rural areas of the United States had no access to electrical power. As cities were growing economically, power companies focused their resources on developing urban areas. Rural America was quite literally left in the dark.
With the development of locally owned and operated electric cooperatives, the switch was flipped and rural communities began to gain power.
That power continues today as local energy cooperatives:
The difference between private utility providers and these locally owned cooperatives is that your local Touchstone Energy® Cooperative has a strong commitment to community. The areas we serve are not just where we work, they are where our homes are, where our children attend school, where we make our lives.
In order to ensure that cooperatives stay true to the communities they serve, Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives follow the Seven Cooperative Principles. These core principles outline the goals of the cooperative and also serve as guidelines for your local co-op board.
Your local Touchstone Energy® Cooperative participates in the Touchstone Energy® Scholar of the Week program in coordination with KSFY television. A $100 award is presented to students within its service territory who have been chosen as a scholar of the week. Recipients are chosen based on academic, extracurricular and community achievements. In the spring, an end of the year banquet is held where each scholar in attendance has a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship.
Take a look at some of our recent Scholar of the Week recipients.