"Jo-Carroll Energy exists to enhance the quality of life for our members."
Co-op business model
Voluntary and Open Membership:
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use the service and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
Democratic Member Control:
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership.
Members' Economic Participation:
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members can receive compensation on any capital subscribed as a condition of membership.
Autonomy and Independence:
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
Education, Training and Information:
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
Cooperation Among Cooperatives:
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
Concern for Community:
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.