Electric cooperatives are private, independent electric utilities, owned by the members they serve. As democratically governed businesses, electric cooperatives are organized under seven guiding principles, anchoring them firmly in the communities they serve and ensuring they are closely regulated by their consumers.
As a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, Jones-Onslow operates on the Seven Cooperative Principles. Starting this month, and continuing during the year, we will highlight each of these principles.
#1 Voluntary And Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.