AFREA membership opens the door to a world of cooperative advantages, providing you with exclusive resources.
The value of being a member in a representative organization is in the access to services that are provided at a high level in a cost-effective manner and information that is not readily available to others, whether they are businesses or individuals. The benefit of economies of scale is one of the most important aspects of membership-based organizations when it pertains to providing services at the best price point.
The Alberta Federation of REAs (AFREA) Ltd. mandate encompasses representation, engagement, and advocacy for our members and the REA community, in general. Membership fees form the basis of our annual income and are allocated toward annual programs that support REAs through leadership, creating awareness and education, and advocating for the rights of our members to government and stakeholders. We operate under the cooperative principles and share our members’ vision of viable and sustainable REA power distribution co-ops as part of a larger rural Alberta community.
Our Member Associations are part of a dynamic cooperative community that empowers them with representation, engagement, and advocacy, fueling their success in a rapidly evolving industry.
Rural Electrification Associations (REAs) are unique in Canada to Alberta, providing electricity to farms and rural residential member-owners. In the late 1940s, early 1950s, farmers organized REA cooperatives to bring electricity to the rural areas when Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) refused because it was too costly. Today, REA assets have gained value, REAs are viable competitors, and now IOUs see the value of an REA. Let’s consider that value and its importance to the rural economy of Alberta
Cooperative sustainability depends on continued support by passionate members who recognize the value of the REA and see the continued contribution the REA makes to the rural community where they live. Your support helps perpetuate the REA’s growth and value.
If you have a passion for your community and are interested in finding out more, talk to your REA. Have you got time to spare? Ask your Board of Directors how you can be part of the REA future.