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Arizona Coops Help Fund COVID-19 Tests

As Arizona deals with one of the nation’s largest spikes in COVID-19 cases, electric cooperatives, including Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, are working with public and private agencies to sponsor free coronavirus tests for people in their service areas.

Leaders of Electric Cooperatives Discuss Safety Measures Taken to Protect the Safety and Health of Their Employees During COVID-19

Senior electric coop leaders recently spoke with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and T&D World about safety measures being implemented to protect the safety and health of their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although coops have moved swiftly to protect the safety and health of their employees and the public, some of the challenges moving forward...

South Carolina Electric Cooperatives See Delinquencies Rise

South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are reporting large spikes in the number of customers falling behind on their electric bills, signaling potential financial problems for households and businesses in the most rural parts of the state. The dramatic uptick in delinquencies is being driven by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn caused by the public health...

State Cooperatives See Surging Delinquencies in Light of Coronavirus

Electric cooperatives are facing a number of challenges due to the coronavirus, including a growing number of customers who are unable to pay their bills. In Oklahoma, cooperatives voluntarily agreed to implement a moratorium on non-payment disconnections, and have waived disconnection, reconnection and other service fees for now.

Senators Push to Ensure Eligibility of Cooperatives in Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) led a bipartisan group of senators in urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to clarify that rural electric cooperatives are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to help small businesses...

Coops Stare Down Virus Costs

Electric cooperatives could lose up to $10 billion from the effects of the coronavirus according to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). A drop in electricity sales, combined with potential revenue lost from unpaid bills, could cost cooperatives. The NRECA has asked Congress for relief.

USDA Launches Guide for COVID-19 Assistance Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a catalog of assistance programs that provides a one-stop shop for rural electric cooperatives and their members who are seeking federal, state and local aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NRECA Requests COVID-19 Relief from Congress

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is asking Congress for relief from potential economic hardship its members may experience as a result of COVID-19. As Congress prepares to pass additional virus relief, NRECA will seek the inclusion of measures geared towards supporting cooperatives.

Aid for Coops Included in Coronavirus Federal Relief Bill

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) urged Congress to include aid for electric cooperatives and their consumer-members as part of the federal relief efforts aimed at helping the struggling economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress offers millions in aid to consumers struggling to pay their utility...

Coops Pledge to Sustain Broadband Service as Pandemic Hardships Increase

Several electric cooperatives that provide broadband internet are taking steps to keep rural communities connected during the coronavirus pandemic, including measures that go far beyond a Federal Communications Commission call to sustain service for low-income customers. Those steps include delivering higher connection speeds, even for members who subscribe to more modest plans.

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