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Member Benefits

The Benefits of Membership are many, here are just a few:

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  • Young Member Benefits - Scholarships and Youth Tour opportunities extend thousands of dollars each year to Member youth.
  • Family-Friendly Events - Annual Meeting, Kelleys Island Open House and Hancock County Fair.
  • A vote - Cooperative members are owners and may participate in the direction of the company. Then the co-op fights to maintain that direction. That's what we mean by democratic member control.
  • Competitive rates - Decades of careful growth and planning have made Hancock-Wood a remarkably stable electric provider whose Members enjoy reliable, affordable electric service. Contributing to this stability is our alliance with our trade organization OREC, Inc.  Because we're part of a statewide system, we're able to keep the wholesale rates we pay low and ensure our Members an abundance of reasonably priced power.  Also, as a nonprofit, we operate solely to provide electricity, not to increase profit for shareholders. This is why we return excess funds in the form of capital credits or patronage capital to our Members.  These stable, affordable rates catalyze business growth which, in turn, has far-reaching effects on the quality of life enjoyed by all our Members.
  • Money back - All members are entitled to patronage capital.
  • Annual Meeting - We hope you will join us each year at our Annual Business Meeting/Member Appreciation Day, a free event featuring food, prizes and a business meeting. It is important for you to learn how your company is responding to today's business challenges. Announcements concerning the Annual Meeting typically appear in the winter and early spring.
  • Rebates - Our programs provide rebates to members who install high-efficiency heating/cooling options, use resource-saving building features and participate in demand-reduction programs.
  • Co-op Connections Card - This membership card, provided to you free from Hancock-Wood, helps you obtain discounts from online, natoinal and local merchants.  Visit the www.connections.coop to search for discounts right at home or across the United States. 
  • Publications - You'll receive Ohio Cooperative Living magazine mailed to your home every month. It's filled with cooperative news, information, stories, tips and ideas. You can also request many excellent safetyand energy efficiency brochures through our website or by visiting our lobby.
  • Payment plans - We offer several convenient methods for making bill paying easier.
  • Seasonal trips with Hancock-Wood - Hancock-Wood sometimes offers fun day trips. The benefit of joining us is the camaraderie and friendship with fellow members, as well as taking advantage of the great group discount packages we can assemble by traveling in large numbers.
  • Website - www.hwe.coop - offers Members a great resource for all of our services in a responsive, convenient, 24-7 format for information with a two-way dialog through social media.

We demonstrate our Concern for Community by volunteering and donating to local charitable causes. Nearly $500,000 in grants have been distributed in the last decade through grants and Operation Round Up funds to individuals and organizations in need. We also provide assistance to Habitat for Humanity, schools, churches and community events. To learn more, click on Community Involvement above. learn more

Members benefit from electric service reliability, competitive rates, money after co-op bills are paid in the form of patronage/capital credits, discounts, informative co-op publications, easy-to-access payment plans, rebates, scholarships, family-friendly Member-only events and a vote in the direction of Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op. To learn more, click on Member Benefits above. learn more

Hancock-Wood keeps Member owners informed about legislation that could impact their rights or lead to unstable energy costs. Your voice has been heard at the highest court in the land. In response to petitions by electric co-ops, states and industry, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the Clean Power Plan. This is an unprecedented act by the Supreme Court. To learn more, click on "Legislation" above or go to action.coop learn more