Cooperative principles established in Rochdale, England
Country Life Commission recommends creation of electric cooperatives to power rural areas.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) by executive order.
2,000 miles of electric lines under construction by electric co-ops.
53,000 total miles of co-op lines constructed.
180,000 miles of rural lines built with another 80,000 underway.
One million farms have power.
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) formed to represent co-op interests nationally.
Roughly 184,000 miles of rural line constructed this year alone.
Willie Wiredhand, a mascot for electric co-ops debuts; named after the hired hand electricity gave to farmers.
Electric co-ops serve 5 million Americans; NRECA joins U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring electricity to developing nations.
Apollo 11 mission; 500 million people around the world tune in to watch astronaut Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon.
REA renamed Rural Utilities Service
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives debut, providing a co-op “brand ID” and marketing options.
NRECA/USAID partnership connects more than 100 million people to electricity in 42 nations.
75 years after creation of REA, 900+ co-ops in 47 states serve 17 million homes and businesses.