Cresco, IA – The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) recently announced MiEnergy Cooperative as the winner of the 2021 Electric Cooperative Purpose Award at its PowerXchange Conference.
NRECA is the national trade association that represents more than 800 electric cooperatives.
The award recognizes electric cooperatives who work with their membership to make outstanding contributions which result in visible, lasting improvements to the quality of life and the purpose of the cooperative in the community.
NRECA highlighted the cooperative’s partnerships as being innovative and helping to boost the quality of life for its members. MiEnergy members who were frustrated with the lack of high-speed broadband internet in rural areas reached out to see if the electric cooperative could help.
In 2018, MiEnergy Cooperative answered by partnering with two local telephone cooperatives, Mabel Cooperative Telephone Company and Spring Grove Communications to create MiBroadband. Since then, MiBroadband has expanded to serve over 600 subscribers and has been a winner of federal and state grants and loans to help bring broadband to local rural residents.
MiEnergy also partnered with NRECA and the Iowa Economic Development Association to pilot a residential battery storage program.