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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 cyber...

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 FCC...

Great River Energy and NRECA Co-Sponsor Research Regarding Underutilized Energy Storage Resources

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Great River Energy co-sponsored a research study that showed that residential electric water heaters can serve as energy storage for wind or solar power, increasing efficiency, better integrating renewable energy and saving customers money.  The large capacity water heaters can be enabled to make immediate use of wind or...

NRECA Asking Regulators to Exempt Coop Truck Drivers

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has asked regulators to exempt drivers of coop utility trucks from new standards that could subject them to the same entry-level training rules as drivers of 18-wheelers and other trucks.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed the new regulations on March...

Sixth Circuit Agrees to Review EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has agreed to review EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule. The controversial rule has been criticized on the grounds that it would extend EPA’s regulatory authority to small streams and dry creek beds.  According to Dorothy Kellogg, NRECA senior principal, the rule will result in more expensive permits for coops attempting to maintain or construct...

NRECA to Help Design Software to Cost-Effectively Improve Grid Resiliency

With a $1.8 million grant from the Department of Energy, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will help develop software designed to identify the most cost-effective upgrades that utilities can make to improve grid resiliency in order to reduce economic losses caused by weather-related power...

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