As of Wednesday, January 17, 2018
One of my favorite quotes has always been, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Yet sometimes remembering our history with the goal of repeating it can actually be a good thing.
Take the history of your electric co-op. Idaho County Light & Power was founded when neighbors worked together to bring electricity to our rural community. Big investor-owned power companies thought they couldn’t generate enough profit so they bypassed rural areas. Back then, there were frequent meetings among neighbors to discuss the formation of the cooperative. Once established, annual meetings were the “must attend” event of the year. The co-op – on behalf of the member-owners – committed to provide the community with electricity.
Fast forward to today – and tomorrow. ICL&P currently serves nearly 4,000 meters. We have returned more than $2,800,000 in capital credits to our members. We have started the early discount capital credit program and had nearly 600 members who choose to participate in 2017. Just another way to serve our members.
We understand the spirit that helped create this co-op must be continually nurtured. While times and technology will continue to change, our commitment to you will not.
Although we started out to provide electricity, our impact (with your support) has grown.
As we continue to look toward the future, you can be confident that ICL&P will commit to explore new ways to help our members and our community. An example of this is Idaho County Propane. Founded in 1997 this business continues to grow on the foundation of customer service, competitive rates, and none of the extra fees that the competitors charge.
Over the years, as we’ve listened to you and your fellow co-op member-owners, we know that we have to keep pace as technology and consumer tastes evolve. As always, we welcome your participation as we plan for the future.