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NRECA Calls for Trump Administration Focus on Rural Issues

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) was joined by 40 organizations in a letter to President Trump urging the new administration to focus on issues affecting rural families and businesses by designating a senior member of the White House staff as a rural advisor and/or creating a specific office within the administration with a direct focus on rural...

NRECA, MISO and SPP File Briefs in FERC Refund Proceedings

NRECA filed its initial briefs in FERC’s Section 206 proceedings involving the refund obligations of nonpublic utilities in MISO and SPP (FERC Dockets EL16-91 and EL16-99).  In its briefs, NRECA recognized FERC’s legitimate concerns but argued, among other things, that a refund requirement has the potential to deter nonpublic utilities from joining RTOs.  MISO and SPP also filed...

Coop-Friendly Railroad Reform Law Reportedly on Track

Federal regulators have reported that they are on track in implementing a railroad reform law intended to promote shipping efficiency and potentially competition among railroads.  The NRECA and electric cooperatives generally have pushed for reforms, recognizing the impact that costs of hauling coal can have on electric...

NRECA Joins PJM Seeking Shutdown of FERC Floor Price Dispute

The NRECA has joined with PJM Interconnection LLC (PJM) and other utility groups to back the changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to the PJM proposal dealing with artificial price suppression on the grid.  PJM asked the D.C. Circuit to deny the grid’s power providers challenge to the plan.  PJM said Monday that it is fine with FERC’s changes and,...

Department of Energy to Award $34MM for Cybersecurity Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy announced its plan to award $34 million for projects aimed at developing technologies and tools to increase cyberattack protection for the country’s energy infrastructure.  The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is receiving funding for a technology that can quickly identify anomalies in utility control communications that can indicate...

NRECA Partners With Department of Energy

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will be partnering with the Department of Energy and the American Public Power Association to enhance protection of the electric grid from attack.  The partnership will give the nation’s electric cooperatives access to cybersecurity technology and...

Solar and Wind Prices Expected to Continue to Fall

The cost for solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and onshore wind power is expected to continue to fall and to be approximately 5 to 6 cents per kilowatt hour by the end of the decade, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency.  This decrease in cost is largely due to improved technology, reduced overall systems costs and favorable policies.  To help support...

FAA Relaxes Drone Rules; Caution Urged for Coops

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has relaxed rules on commercial use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds.  The NRECA is urging caution for coops interested in utilizing the new technology.

NRECA Names Former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson New CEO

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has announced that former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson has been selected to serve as NRECA’s sixth chief executive officer.  He will join the association and assume his duties as CEO in July.

FCC to Allow Auction Entry for Coops

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has ruled that coops can have access to Connect American Funds (CAF), which are meant to promote broadband in rural areas.  The FCC agreed, at the NRECA’s suggestion, that coops may satisfy the auction program’s technical qualifications by providing evidence of their capabilities to operate transmission or distribution systems.  The...

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