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Cooperatives Push Congress to Focus on Grid Reliability

David Tudor, CEO of Missouri-based Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., is urging Congress to focus on electric system reliability, including permitting and environmental review reforms, to allow cooperatives to build new generation and transmission infrastructure in a timely and cost-effective way. North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s 2023 Summer Reliability Assessment...

Stakeholders Ask President Biden to Prioritize U.S. Steel Production for Electric Grid

The NRECA and eight other national organizations recently wrote to the President requesting the prioritization of domestic steel production in order to help meet the unprecedented demand for electrification, grid modernization and resilience initiatives.

Cooperative Leader Encourages House Panel to Improve Endangered Species Act Implementation to Support both Wildlife and Communities

The general manager of Harney Electric Cooperative in Hines, Oregon, described the importance of flexibility in implementing the Endangered Species Act to a House panel on Tuesday to simultaneously protect wildlife and prioritize affordable electricity access.

Cooperatives Focus on Affordable and Reliable Electricity During Legislative Conference

Leaders attending the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s legislative conference will focus on urging Congress and federal agencies to prioritize reliable and affordable electricity for their communities.

Electric Cooperatives Support Passage of Major Energy Legislation

The National Rural Electric Cooperation Association and its members applaud the House passage of major energy legislation which will modernize and expedite the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act for cooperatives.

Congress Receives Widespread Call to Pass Electric Permitting Reform

Electric cooperatives across the nation are urging Congress to pass the BUILDER Act, which would streamline the permitting process for electric system modernization by limiting the amount of time for environmental review, encouraging greater cooperative participation, and creating deadlines for post-permitting lawsuits. The cooperatives contend that the current process under the...

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative CEO Urges Congress to Prioritize Broadband in Rural America

As congress weighs programs to include in the new Farm Bill, electric cooperatives have weighed in.  Aaron Young, president and co-CEO of 17,000 member Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, recently said that rural broadband which connects every home, business and community with reliable internet service should be a priority in the bill when speaking at a Farm Bill listening session...

Electric Cooperatives Discuss Top Policy Priorities for 2023

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association held a recent Question and Answer session to outline its 2023 policy goals aimed at helping pass legislation benefiting cooperatives and ensuring the new laws are implemented as intended.

New Climate Law a Game Changer for Electric Cooperatives

The Inflation Reduction Act will unlock billions of dollars’ worth of clean energy tax credits previously inaccessible to community-owned electrical cooperatives, as well as $9.7 billion in grants and loans for such cooperatives to purchase or build new clean energy systems.

Utilities and Cooperatives Laud Inflation Reduction Act

Rural electric cooperatives and other utilities that operate in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado are hailing elements of the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides tax incentives and other benefits to encourage conversion to renewable energy. The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law August 16 by President Joe Biden, includes almost $370 billion to address climate change,...

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