FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

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MREA General

Rural Electric Management Association (REMA)

MREA Events & Online Registration

MREA Vendor Membership

ACRE & REPAC

Isn’t MREA’s main function lobbying and political activities – what does MREA offer directly to me as a co-op employee.

MREA provides many training opportunities. Whether you are a CEO, line worker, administrative assistant, engineer, or member service manager, MREA can provide tools to do your job better and more safely. Annually, we train more than 2,800 co-op employees and directors at dozens of workshops, conferences, schools and special events. In addition, many of our member co-ops receive several hours of interaction with MREA safety & loss control specialists or call upon staff as a source of information for their day-to-day needs.

What can I do if I want to change something at MREA?

MREA exists for its members, to provide service, unity and leadership, and is responsive to member feedback and needs.  In line with the 2nd Cooperative Principle, “Democratic Member Control,” MREA is governed by our members.  Across the state, MREA member co-ops are divided into seven districts. A fourteen-member board of directors, two from each district, governs this association. These directors represent your electric co-op’s interests on the MREA Board.

You may contact your district’s directors to voice concerns and help find solutions to your needs. MREA is responsive to our members’ needs and wants. Please use our online feedback form or call us anytime at 763-424-1020.

How is MREA funded?

MREA is a nonprofit member-service organization.  MREA’s expenses are covered by two sources of revenue – dues and non-dues revenue.  Dues are assessed to our distribution cooperative members based upon a formula that considers several factors. The rest of our revenue comes from non-dues sources in the form of registration fees, attendance fees, and user fees for specific programs and events.

How does MREA handle providing service to a diverse group of companies?

MREA’s mission is “to provide valued service promote unity among our members through collaborative leadership and expertise.” MREA works hard to provide service to ALL members – large and small – without regard to their size.  This can be challenging as we recognize the incredible diversity that exists among our members. Our members range from co-ops with 1,900 consumers to co-ops that serve more than 129,000 consumers. Our members are diverse in other ways too, including their geographic location, which generation and transmission co-op provides their wholesale power, how many states they operate in, etc. Although MREA responds to a wide range of issues, our goal is to always act in the best interests of all members. Whether we’re connecting members to the information they need, conducting a safety service day, or lobbying at the capitol, MREA’s purpose is to create value for each member and maintain unity among our co-op members.

Are MREA and REMA the same organization?

MREA is a nonprofit trade association providing service and leadership for electric cooperatives.  MREA prepares its members for an evolving industry with services such as legislative support, education and loss control training, youth programs, networking opportunities and other resources. MREA provides overall administrative functions for REMA including meeting planning and accounting.

Rural Electric Management Association (REMA) is an important entity under the MREA umbrella. REMA was created to “engage in the investigation, compilation, and dissemination of information with respect to management aspects of rural electric cooperatives.” REMA is comprised of five separate sections – CEOs, Engineering & Operations (E&O), Financial Managers, Line Superintendents, and Member Services – that meet two times per year (the E&O section only meets in the Fall). Each section has a board of directors that helps plan meeting agendas and lead conferences. Membership in REMA gives that co-op the annual opportunity to send one individual to the REMA conferences throughout the year; additional attendees pay a reduced individual fee. More information visit:  http://www.mrea.org/electric-utility-industry-training/rema/.

Where can I find a complete list of MREA’s training opportunities?

Because we want to fulfill member requests for training and adapt to the co-ops’ needs, all events are added to our online calendar as they are scheduled. If you are seeking a specific topic or course, which isn’t listed in our online event calendar, please contact us to find out if we are planning something. Course information is also published in an annual catalog that is mailed to co-op employees. We will explore scheduling a particular course for you, if there is enough interest.  

How will vendor membership benefit my company?

Vendor (or associate) members may participate in valuable networking opportunities and trade shows, sponsor events and receive several other benefits including:

  • Access to MREA’s many conferences, training events and workshops.
  • The opportunity to engage in MREA’s online community groups.
  • First priority for advertising opportunities through the Minnesota Utility Marketplace, newsletters, publications and the member directory.
  • Discounted directory advertising rates.
  • Timely industry information through our website and newsletters.
  • Gold and Platinum members receive some free ads in each of the MREA newsletters and receive complimentary activities (golf & sporting clays) at the REMA outing.

Why is it important to contribute to ACRE & REPAC?

Electric industry reliability, conservation, renewable energy, and air quality are all topics related to your job and they continue to be major issues in Congress and at Minnesota’s Legislature. The importance of these issues means that the electric co-ops’ grassroots political efforts are vital. Because these issues cross political party lines, REPAC and ACRE do not play political party favorites.

Contributions to the political action committees help increase our exposure with both state and federal decision-makers.  That exposure keeps issues important to your job and your members very visible. By themselves, our small individual contributions may not seem like much, but our Legislators and Congresspersons appreciate that these contributions are from their own district constituents. Employees, spouses and directors are invited to contribute.  ACRE embraces the support of residential co-op members with Cooperative Owners for Political Action (COPA). More information

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