Electric cooperatives share a similar mission but each faces unique challenges and opportunities. Backed by CoBank’s unmatched industry expertise and experience supporting hundreds of electric cooperative customers, our interactive Beacon strategic planning and facilitation service can help boards and management teams develop a strategic plan to navigate through uncharted waters.

Beacon supports:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Critical Issues Assessment
  • Consensus Decision Making
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Education Workshops

Key Strategic Topics

Financial Forecasting and Planning

Identify key information needed to develop a 10-year financial forecast and learn to make real-time decisions based on drivers that can influence the future condition of your cooperative’s financial health.

Financial Best Practices and Debt Portfolio Management

Build effective financial practices and policies and learn to measure, track and benchmark data to plan and successfully accomplish strategic goals.

Equity Management and Capital Credit Retirement Strategies

Gain insights into the importance of equity and the four key levers that can be adjusted to your finance and governance objectives.

Out of the Ordinary Opportunities

Assess, evaluate and manage extra-ordinary opportunities including large capital projects, mergers, consolidations, acquisitions, subsidiary businesses and ancillary business opportunities.

Power Supply Relationships

Discuss your current relationship with your G&T cooperative or power supplier and how the industry is handling rapid changes, including the growing flexibility available in power portfolios.

Renewables and DER Technology

Discover the evolving challenges and opportunities with distributed resources and renewables, and decide if your cooperative is prepared to embrace the new energy landscape.

Governance and Board Structures

Explore key governance topics including board structure, succession planning and board relationships that affect your cooperative.

Leadership Development Topics

Enhance your leadership capabilities by exploring the power of emotions and the concepts of emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-management, empathy and relationship management.

Getting Started

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