CE Hardware, State Farm, REI, Land O’Lakes, and Ontonagon REA all share some thing in common: We’re all cooperatives.

We may be in different industries, but we all share a passion for serving our members and helping our communities to thrive. In fact, all cooperatives adhere to the same set of seven principles that reflect our core values of honesty, transparency, equity, inclusiveness, and service to the greater community good. October was National Co-op Month, so this is the perfect time to reflect on these principles that have stood the test of time but also provide a framework for the future. Let’s look at the first three cooperative principles.

Voluntary and Open Membership

Just like all co-ops, Ontonagon REA was created out of necessity—to meet a need that would have been otherwise unmet in our community. So in 1937, a group of neighbors banded together and organized our electric co-op so everyone in our community could benefit. For a modest membership fee to the co-op, any farmer could get electricity brought to his farm. Neighbors came together to tackle a problem that they all had but couldn’t solve alone. They worked together for the benefit of the whole community, and the newly established electric lines helped power economic opportunity in our community.

While this history may be forgotten, key parts of that heritage remain—the focus on our mission and serving the greater good. In this, we include everyone to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for the entire community.

Fuel Mix

We are always working to strike the right balance, keeping our rates competitive while being a good steward of the environment.



Our bylaws provide the framework for our operation and management.


Rates & Regulations

Ontonagon County REA is a member governed organization, regulatory information may be found in our rate book.


Return of Organization Exempt Form Income Tax


Nondiscrimination Statement


Electric Cooperative Purpose