TOUCHSTONE ENERGY COOPERATIVES
Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives is a national network of electric cooperatives across 46 states that provides resources and leverages partnerships to help member cooperatives and their employees better engage and serve their members. By working together, Touchstone Energy cooperatives stand as a source of power and information to their 32 million member-owners every day.
Electric cooperatives were originally established to provide electricity to rural America. Now co-op territories have expanded into suburban and some urban areas of the country, which makes electric co-ops the largest electric utility network in the nation. Despite this growth, your local Touchstone Energy cooperative is owned and operated by the members it serves, giving everyone in your community a democratic voice in how the co-op is run.
Community-friendly values mixed with the cooperative business model are what make electric co-ops strong. As a not-for-profit entity, members know they can trust their electric co-op, because it was created to deliver on the promise of providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to member-owners – not to generate money for shareholders.
What Makes Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Different
Touchstone Energy is the national brand identity for the extensive electric cooperative network. All members exemplify high standards of service because they uphold the four core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. Touchstone Energy co-ops simply put members first and always have a local, member-driven, community focused vision.
Across the country, local Touchstone Energy co-ops work to improve members’ quality of life by taking a leadership role in community and economic development projects, forging strong partnerships with business members, as well as generously donating time, energy and resources to their local communities. The Touchstone Energy logo means the cooperative understands the power of human connections and is the power of a national network, working in your neighborhood.
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are:
- Part of the largest electric utility network in the nation
- Total more than 700 local systems in 46 states
- Serve more than 30.5 million distribution cooperative member-owners
- Serve nearly 40 generation and transmission cooperatives
RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT GRANT PROGRAM
Fires in northeastern Oklahoma can be devastating and deadly. They require more than manpower to successfully fight them and to protect lives and property.
The required fire-fighting equipment is costly, so we developed a program to help rural fire departments in our service territory purchase that equipment.
The Rural Fire Department Grant Program provides financial assistance to area fire departments annually. The grants help the departments purchase equipment such as fire trucks, hoses, and firefighter gear, along with helping them afford personnel training, and even help with the costs of building or acquiring fire stations.
Each year, area fire departments submit applications, which are then reviewed and grants awarded. The grants vary in amounts.
Not only do the fire departments, most of which are comprised of volunteer firefighters, get to purchase needed equipment, but you as a VVEC member, benefit by the fire departments’ Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating improving. Improved ISO ratings mean lower home insurance rates for you.
Volunteer fire departments usually try to operate with used, and/or out-of-date equipment. But by helping them through our Rural Fire Department Grant Program, we feel we are helping them protect you and your family, and we are also helping the departments reduce their ISO ratings, thus reducing your insurance.
Click the following button to view and print the grant application: