Through our affiliates and trade organizations, DCEC does perform much legislative work on behalf of the interests of the Members.

DCEC is one of the four electric cooperatives in New York. The four cooperatives have created a statewide association called New York State Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. (NYSRECA). NYRECA is a service organization for the New York State Rural Electric Cooperatives. Its purpose is to foster and promote the mutual interests and welfare of rural electric cooperatives in New York State. NYSRECA hires consultant services to act on behalf of the cooperatives representing the association's interest before the New York state legislature, executive and state government agencies and to develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with key legislative and governmental leaders.

DCEC also belongs to the New York Association of Public Power (NYAPP). NYAPP is an association of municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives serving various communities across New York State. NYAPP members provide safe and reliable electric service to their customers members. NYAPP was created in 2005 as a non-profit, non-partisan organization operating in a complex energy market. Its purpose is to advance the interests of its members and their customers and provides services that ensure adequate and reliable electric service at a reasonable price. Also, NYAPP monitors ongoing legislative activities in Washington D.C. and Albany, and keep members apprised of events and legislation that will affect them and promote strong and active involvement in these areas.

Additionally, DCEC is a member of The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). NRECA represents more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, public power districts, and public utility districts across America. In addition to lobbying Congress on behalf of and along with our members, the Government Relations team of NRECA is actively involved with regulatory issues that impact cooperatives.