The New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NMRECA) is a statewide not-for-profit service organization for New Mexico's rural electric cooperatives.
Organized in 1944 and headquartered in Santa Fe, NMRECA represents the interest of the state's electric cooperatives and their members through actively working to protect cooperative interests before regulatory, political and governmental bodies as well as the general public; administering the New Mexico Rural Electric Self-Insurer’s Fund, a workers’ compensation fund owned by New Mexico’s rural electric cooperatives; and coordinating specialized training for its members.
It assists in arranging training programs for directors, managers and employees with outside agencies and consultants. NMRECA provides advocacy and general communications through newsletters, directories, websites, the annual Legislative Almanac, and its monthly magazine, enchantment, which give New Mexico’s electric cooperatives a united forum to communicate with their members.
The enchantment highlights people and places served by New Mexico’s cooperatives and focuses on the issues facing rural Americans. Nearly 125,000 cooperative members, community leaders and subscribers receive the enchantment. NMRECA also represents its members before state and federal legislatures, analyzes proposed legislation for its potential effect on electric cooperatives and, when directed by the membership, pursues legislative initiatives on behalf of cooperatives.
New Mexico's rural electric cooperatives provide vital utility services to over 211,000 New Mexico families and businesses who own their electric cooperatives. They control its bylaws, vote on any significant changes in its operations and elect trustees to direct its activities. Their cooperatives serve approximately 80 percent of the land mass in New Mexico, from Chama in the north to the oil fields of the Permian Basin in the southeast; from the northeastern grasslands to the bootheel desert. The cooperatives protect the interests of their consumers-members through the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
There are 19 rural electric distribution cooperatives in New Mexico and two generation and transmission cooperatives. Sixteen of the 19 distribution cooperatives and the two generation and transmission cooperatives are full members of NMRECA, and the three remaining distribution cooperatives are associate members. Eleven of the 16 distribution cooperatives who are full members of NMRECA receive wholesale power from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association headquartered in Westminster, Colorado. Four are members of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative headquartered in Anadarko, Oklahoma; and one distribution cooperative receives power from an independent wholesale power supplier. To see a complete list, click here.
Every year, a Youth Tour participant is chosen to represent his or her state on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) by his or her state delegation during the NRECA Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Click here to view the Youth Tour page on Facebook.
The purpose of the YLC conference is to build leadership and public speaking skills, and to enhance the delegates' knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative form of business.