FAQs

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MREA general information

  • 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 members based upon a formula that considers several factors. Non-dues revenue comes from other sources in the form of registration fees and user fees for specific programs and events.

  • How is MREA governed?

    MREA exists to provide service, unity and leadership for its members, and is responsive to member feedback and needs. In line with the second cooperative principle, “Democratic Member Control,” MREA is divided into seven districts and governed by a fourteen-member board of directors, which represents Minnesota’s electric co-op interests.

    You may contact your district director to voice concerns and help find solutions to your needs.

Rural Electric Management Association (REMA)

  • Are MREA and REMA the same organization?

    The Rural Electric Management Association (REMA) furthers the fifth cooperative principle of providing education and training for its members by investigating, compiling and disseminating information that is critical for effectively managing rural electric cooperatives.  Organized under MREA, we facilitate REMA’s functions and manage the budget.  REMA has five sections: CEOs, finance managers, member services, line superintendents and engineers & operations. Each section has a board comprised of member representatives from MREA’s seven districts, which help plan the section’s events.

MREA events & online registration

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

    The MREA online event calendar is the most current resource for educational opportunities. In addition, MREA publishes an annual Calendar of Events, which is sent to members in late fall. Contact us with your training needs and ideas.

  • What is the suggested attire at MREA events?

    Please dress in a manner most appropriate to the context of the event, based upon the work and activities you will be doing, and the weather. The majority of MREA events and workshops are either business casual, or in the case of hands-on safety events, casual construction wear. Traditional business wear is most appropriate when visiting the State Capitol or Washington, D.C.

  • What is MREA’s cancellation policy?

    MREA/REMA Cancellation/Substitution Policy

    1. Cancellations up to 4 business days prior to start of program may:

    •  Immediately transfer their registration to another employee.
    • Receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation fee.

     

     

    2. Cancellations less than 4 business days prior to start of program may:

    • Immediately transfer their registration to another employee.
    • Receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.

     

    3. Cancellations not made prior to the first day of the program will be charged the full registration fee. A substitute may be sent to the first day of the meeting in place of the original attendee.

     

    4. MREA will notify attendees if an event is cancelled due to inclement weather. In the event MREA does cancel an event due to weather, refunds will be sent for those pre-paid attendees. If an attendee cancels due to weather and MREA continues to hold the event, the above cancellation policy will apply.

  • Does MREA provide CPEs for the education events it offers?

    MREA provides a certificate of attendance, with credits applied, for several events and conferences. The certificate of attendance can be submitted as proof of attendance.

  • Who do I contact to provide input for training ideas?

    For safety training, contact Lidia Dilley Jacobson
    For grassroots and legislative updates, contact Joyce Peppin
    For all other educational training, contact Krista Benjamin

MREA vendor membership

  • How will vendor membership benefit my company?

    Vendor members may participate in trade shows and networking events, sponsor events and receive several other benefits including:

    • Invitations to attend conferences and workshops.
    • Engage on MREA’s online community through connections with members.
    • Advertising opportunities through the Minnesota Utility Marketplace, newsletters, publications and the member directory at discounted rates.
    • Timely industry information through our website and newsletters.
    • Silver, gold and platinum members receive free ads in the MREA Report and complimentary or reduced activity fees.

ACRE & REPAC

  • Why is it important to contribute to Action Committee for Rural Electrification® (ACRE®) and Rural Electric Political Action (REPAC)?

    Reliability, conservation and renewable energy are all topics related to electric co-op employee work, and they continue to be major issues in Congress and at Minnesota’s Legislature. Therefore, electric co-ops’ grassroots political efforts are vital. Because energy policy crosses political party lines, REPAC and ACRE provide bipartisan support.Contributions to the political action committees help increase our exposure with both state and federal decision-makers.  By themselves, small individual contributions may not seem like much, but lawmakers appreciate contributions from their own constituents. Employees, spouses and directors are invited to contribute to ACRE and REPAC.