Cooperative Principles

As a cooperative business, Coweta-Fayette EMC adheres to seven guiding principles. These principles have formed the foundation for cooperative businesses since the first modern cooperative was established in Rochadale, England, in 1844.

1st Principle: 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.

2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their Members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, Members have equal voting rights (one Member, one vote), and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.

3rd Principle: Members’ Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of the capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting Members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4th Principle: Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their Members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their Members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

5th Principle: Education, Training and Information

Cooperative provide education and training for their Members, elected representative, managers and employees so that they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

6th Principle: Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Cooperatives serve their Members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national and regional and international structures.

7th Principle: Concern for Community

While focusing on Member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their Members.

Since news of the COVID-19 virus hit our area, we have paid special attention to all the information coming out both on a national and local level. That includes information from our state and local government officials, as well as the information coming from the CDC and the Coronavirus Task Force.  As more information concerning the virus and its potential effects on our families and our community, comes out, we’ve made changes in how we are working to protect you and our employees. 
 
Effective Monday, March 23, Coweta Fayette EMC will further limit its daily work activities to include only essential services. This means we will continue responding to outages, maintaining our call center, and addressing various reliability issues. However, all other non-essential activities and services are being suspended until further notice. Our lobbies will remain closed but the drive-thrus at all locations are open. Members can still utilize our many online options to monitor account activity through our member portal, send service request or make payments. You can also download our free CFEMC app (available in the App Store or on Google Play).   
 
Our focus is the safety and welfare of our employees and their families, while at the same time providing you, our member, with reliable and dependable electric service. 
 
CFEMC knows this is a stressful time for everyone. Rest assured, we’ll continue to provide you with the reliable, dependable electric service you are accustomed to. We urge you to take precautions for the health and welfare of your family as well. Please continue good health habits such as washing your hands and sanitizing frequently touched areas. We also encourage you to practice social distancing. CFEMC prepares for a variety of crises. While this isn’t an outage situation caused by a major storm, our emergency plans are updated frequently, and we feel confident in our ability to keep your lights on while keeping both our employees and you safe.