Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an REA? 

REA is an abbreviation for rural electrification association. It is an example of grass roots activism by rural Albertans that has had lasting benefits across several generations. The implementation of power co-ops by farmers in the late 1940s-early 1950s changed the face of agriculture.You enjoy electricity today because other rural Albertans cooperated to make something possible that seemed impossible. 

Today, REAs exist in Canada only in Alberta and operate in service areas across the province. Although there were greater numbers during the early years of the movement, amalgamations and sales reduced their numbers. There are 32 REAs in total with 24 of those members of the AFREA. 

Why is the REA considered a cooperative? 

An REA is a jointly owned, not for profit enterprise that is democratically controlled by its members. That makes it a cooperative, and cooperatives are all about the members.
 Every member is an owner.
 Every member has one vote.
 Members elect representatives from the membership to govern the REA.
 Members enjoy the economic benefits of a not for profit. Surplus funds are re-invested to upgrade infrastructure and maintain reasonable rates.

The rural electrification association, as a power distribution cooperative, is identified on your power bill. If you are a member of an REA, get involved - "get plugged in to your REA" and find out more.


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