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NRECA Files Comments in Support of EPA Proposed Coal Plant Emissions Rule

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and other lobbying groups representing electric utilities recently filed comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, endorsing looser pollution standards for coal-fired power plant generators. The EPA hopes to finalize the ACE rule by March...

Electric Industry and Government Work Together to Enhance Grid Cybersecurity

For years, electric utilities have worked closely with government security experts to share emerging threat data and information on vulnerabilities to thwart cyberattacks. The Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), the main liaison between the electric industry and the federal government, aims to coordinate efforts to prepare for or respond to major disasters or threats to...

ACE Rule the ‘Best Path Forward’ for Electric Cooperatives

On October 1, 2018, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson testified in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. “The proposed ACE rule provides crucial flexibility so electric coops can respond to market conditions, technologies and industry changes at the same time they continue to contribute to...

NRECA Joins Coalition to Comment on Endangered Species Act Regulations

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) joined the ESA Cross-Industry Coalition to submit comments in response to the three proposals from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to amend their Endangered Species Act...

NRECA Identifies Top Priorities for Farm Bill

The House and Senate each passed versions of the Farm Bill earlier this summer and are seeking to reach a compromise on the legislation in the fall. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is urging lawmakers on the Farm Bill conference committee, tasked with coming up with the final version of the bill, to consider priorities of electric...

USDA Loans $398.5 Million Dollars to Cooperatives for Infrastructure Improvements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $398.5 million dollars through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program to improve rural electric service in 13 states.

Arkansas Cooperative Qualifies for $21 Million Dollar Loan

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative has qualified for a $21 million dollar loan from the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program, and it intends to use the funds to add 82 miles of transmission lines in addition to other improvements.

Electric Trade Associations Address Inquiry Regarding Protecting the U.S. Electric Grid

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association joins two other U.S. trade associations in the electric industry in a letter response to U.S. Senator Edward Markey’s inquiry regarding security responses to cybersecurity threats to the nation’s electric...

How Clean Power Plan Replacement Affects Coops

The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with a more flexible rule governing carbon dioxide emissions that is expected to reduce compliance costs for coal-based generation. This proposal is known as the Affordable Clean Energy rule, and it should provide cooperatives with the certainty and flexibility needed to meet their...

NRECA Indicates Concern With Senate Farm Bill

The CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Jim Matheson, has expressed concerns regarding certain alterations to the current rural electrification funding program proposed by the Senate’s Farm Bill. Matheson has encouraged the Senate, in particular, to reconsider their approach toward escrow accounts for rural...

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