Northern Lights, Inc., (NLI) based in Sagle, Idaho, is a member-owned rural electric cooperative serving northern Idaho, western Montana and northeast Washington. It’s our job to deliver electricity and other energy services to more than 2,800 miles of distribution line to the rural residents of one of the most beautiful and rugged areas in the country. Formed in 1935, we’re the oldest rural electric cooperative west of the Mississippi River.
Whether you are a member, are moving into our area of coverage, or are merely visiting, we hope you will find our Web site informative. Please contact us if you have specific questions not answered here. We’re dedicated to our members and to the communities we call home… because that’s the power of local service.
Members like you run Northern Lights, Inc. through a seven-member Board of Directors. The directors are elected at the membership meeting held during the month of May each year.
The Board is the policy-making body of the Cooperative. The directors hold regular monthly meetings to establish policies, review Co-op activities, and make other decisions affecting the Cooperative.
The Board hires a General Manager to carry out the policies it has established. The General Manager, in turn, hires a staff to handle the operational details and to implement the policies set forth by the Board. Northern Lights’ staff of well-trained employees is committed to keeping your cooperative running smoothly.
Your Board of Directors meets a minimum of once a month on a scheduled basis. It is your privilege to request to speak to the Board regarding any matter. An appointment should be made with the President of the Board or the General Manager prior to the meeting.
Have you ever wondered what board members do and how they get chosen? We’ll tell you on our “Directors Page“.
Northern Lights prides itself in being a democratic organization that gives its members a voice. Your chance to become involved and help decide the direction your co-op will take, happens at the annual meeting of the members. The meeting is held primarily to inform the membership of the financial and operating condition of the Cooperative, to discuss important issues affecting the Co-op and to elect directors.
The annual report is available at the annual meeting and will be mailed to any member who requests it. This report details the financial standing of the Cooperative.
The annual meeting is very important for the continued success of your cooperative. We hope you also feel it is important and will plan to attend every year. More about annual members’ meetings, nominations, elections of directors and how to use a mail-in ballot can be found in the Bylaws of Northern Lights.
Current copies of NLI’s annual report and our articles of incorporation and bylaws are available. Call or email us.