Did You Know?

Over the last 50 years, programs designed by NRECA International have provided more than 160 million people in 45 countries with access to safe, affordable and reliable electricity – that’s more than the number of people co-ops have brought electricity to in the U.S.

1. NRECA International has helped establish 250 rural utilities around the world.
2. Currently, we are involved in projects in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, Zambia, Mozambique, Haiti, Bolivia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and the Philippines. See where we’ve worked.
3. Our international work is supported by many partners. These electrification programs have been made possible with funding support from America’s electric cooperatives, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, bilateral donors, and multilateral development banks including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.
4. NRECA International provides opportunities for America’s electric cooperatives to share their expertise and help expand electricity access in rural communities around the world. Today more than 300 electric cooperatives support our work through monetary contributions, material donations, and sending hundreds of electric co-op linemen and employees abroad as volunteers. They continue to help bring first-time access to electricity, and train local partners to help utilities be sustainable in their own communities.
5. Over the last three years, we’ve helped electrification planners in African governments to set out their rural electrification strategies and investment plans in Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
6. In 2014, NRECA International established a new electric co-op in Haiti with funding from the United Nations Environmental Program, Government of Norway, USAID and the Inter-American Bank. Twelve electric cooperatives answered the call to help, by sending 40 volunteer linemen to complete the job.
7. Witnessed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, NRECA’s first signed inaugural cooperative agreement with USAID led to the creation of a small electric co-op in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Today CRE is the world’s largest electric co-op in the world with 600,000 members.
8. Nearly 50 years ago, NRECA International helped establish a small electrification program in the Philippines funded by USAID. In 2015, the Philippines reached a milestone when the country’s 119 electric co-ops brought electricity to 55 million people in 36,000 rural villages and rural towns.
9. NRECA International is implementing the USAID-funded Pilot Project for Sustainable Electricity Distribution (PPSELD) in Caracol, Haiti. PPSELD’s service territory is the only region that receives reliable electricity 24 hours a day providing more than 12,000 consumers with power.
10. In 1983, about 13,000 Bangladesh citizens living in rural areas had access to electricity. That number is now more than 125 million, and they are on track to achieve universal access. This growth came as a result of the creation of 79 electric cooperatives started with the help of NRECA International through a USAID program.