October is the month to celebrate the benefits cooperatives bring to our communities. Whether the cooperative’s focus is food, child care, insurance, electricity or some other service, we all exist to help serve a need in the communities we live in.
Cooperatives are unique because we are not-for profits, democratically controlled and member owned. The cooperative business model is about meeting the needs of the people, not about maximizing profits. In the United States, more than 800 electric co-ops serve an estimated 42 million people. At Northern Lights Inc., we have more than 18,000 members and 2,800 miles of distribution lines that serve members in northern Idaho, eastern Washington and western Montana.
NLI is overseen by a seven-member board of directors, each elected by the members of the district they represent. NLI delivers power to each of its members’ homes and businesses. Our power comes from the Bonneville Power Administration and our own dam on a tributary of the Kootenai River.
One way NLI serves its community is through Operation Roundup, where members can choose to round up their monthly energy bill to the nearest dollar to help families in need of assistance. Members can also choose to donate to the Helping Hand program, which is specifically designed to help struggling members with their power bills. If you would like to participate in either of these programs, please contact us at 208-263-5141 to sign up.
As summer comes to an end, the leaves are changing and autumn is upon us.
Before we know it, those princesses, super heroes, ghosts and goblins will be knocking on our doors hoping for a treat!