In Summary, the purposes of the SDREA organization are:
- To support in every logical way, the consumer-owned distribution cooperatives and power supply cooperatives in their job of providing the highest quality of electric service at the lowest possible cost, consistent with sound business practices.
- To provide informational programs that will stimulate local growth, stability and security, and strengthen the consumer -owned electric cooperative program in South Dakota.
- To operate always for the benefit of its member cooperatives, and through them for the benefit of their patrons, doing those things through SDREA that can be done better together than individually.
- To provide the means and the organization by which all electric cooperatives of the state can accomplish legislation needed on the state level, similarly opposing legislation detrimental to our members; and to work with NRECA on national legislation and policies affecting rural electrification and resource development.