10-2127. Powers of a generation and transmission cooperative
A. A generation and transmission cooperative may:
1. Sue and be sued and complain and defend in its corporate name.
2. Have perpetual existence by its corporate name.
3. Adopt a corporate seal and alter the seal at its pleasure, and use the seal by causing it, or a facsimile of it, to be impressed or affixed or in any other manner reproduced, but failure to have or to affix a corporate seal does not affect the validity of any instrument or any action taken in pursuance of or in reliance on the seal.
4. Own, operate, lease or control plants, property and facilities for the generation or transmission, sale or furnishing of electricity for light, heat or power or other uses, and generate, manufacture, purchase, acquire, accumulate and transmit electric energy.
5. To compete more effectively with other entities in the electric energy market, engage in, individually or jointly in collaboration with other corporations that have loans made or guaranteed by the United States through the administrator of the rural utilities service or that are nonprofit members of the corporation, the acquisition, purchase, marketing, sale, supply and disposition of electric energy to or for its members and persons, entities, governmental agencies and political subdivisions and other electric utilities.
6. Purchase, take, receive, subscribe for or otherwise acquire, own, hold, vote, exercise rights arising out of the ownership or possession, use, employ, sell, assign, transfer, convey, mortgage, lend, pledge, hypothecate or otherwise use and deal in and with shares, rights, memberships or other interests in, or notes, bonds, debentures, mortgages, passbooks, certificates of deposit or other obligations of other domestic or foreign corporations, associations, partnerships, limited partnerships or individuals, or direct or indirect obligations or securities of individuals, associations, cooperatives, partnerships, corporations or of the United States or of any other government, state, territory, governmental district or municipality or of any instrumentality thereof.
7. Construct, purchase, take, receive, lease as lessee or otherwise acquire, and own, hold, improve, use, equip, maintain and operate, and sell, assign, transfer, convey, exchange, lease as lessor, mortgage, pledge or otherwise dispose of or encumber electric transmission lines and systems, electric generating plants, lands, buildings, structures, dams, plants and equipment, and any and all kinds and classes of real or personal property, tangible or intangible, that are deemed necessary, convenient or appropriate to accomplish the purpose for which the generation and transmission cooperative is organized or that it elects to undertake.
8. Purchase or otherwise acquire, and own, hold, use and exercise and sell, assign, transfer, convey, mortgage, pledge, hypothecate or otherwise dispose of or encumber franchises, rights, privileges, licenses, rights-of-way and easements.
9. Make contracts and guarantees and incur liabilities, borrow money and otherwise contract indebtedness, and issue its notes, bonds and other evidence of indebtedness, and secure the payment of any indebtedness by mortgage, pledge, deed of trust, assignment, security agreement or any other hypothecation or encumbrance on any or all of its real or personal property, assets, franchises, revenue or income.
10. Construct, maintain and operate electric transmission lines along, on, under and across publicly owned lands and public thoroughfares, including all roads, highways, streets, alleys, bridges and causeways, and acquire for such purposes franchises, licenses, permits, easements, rights-of-way and all similar rights and privileges relating to such purposes.
11. Exercise the power of eminent domain in the manner and to the extent provided by the laws of this state for the exercise of such power by other corporations constructing or operating electric transmission lines or systems.
12. Become a member of other cooperative organizations or corporations or own stock in or otherwise financially participate and invest in those other organizations or corporations.
13. Conduct its business, carry on its operations, have offices and exercise the powers granted by this article in any state, territory, district or possession of the United States or in any foreign country.
14. Adopt, amend and repeal bylaws consistent with this article.
15. Cease its corporate activities and surrender its corporate franchise.
16. Do and perform other acts and things, and have and exercise other powers, that may be necessary, convenient or appropriate to accomplish the purpose for which the generation and transmission cooperative is organized or to carry out its business and affairs.
17. Directly or through an affiliate, construct, operate, maintain, lease and license fiber-optic cables and other facilities to provide broadband service over, under, across, on or along real property, personal property, rights-of-way, easements and licenses and other property rights owned, held or used by the generation and transmission cooperative, including easement or other property rights that are owned, held or used by the cooperative to provide electricity or other services.
B. Beginning on January 1, 1999, the indemnification of members, directors, officers, employees and agents of a cooperative shall be in accordance with chapter 31, article 5 of this title.