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Kansas Coop Contemplates Construction of Coal Plant

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. (“Sunflower”), an electric power cooperative in Kansas, plans to build the Holcomb 2 Plant, an approximately 895 MW coal plant. However, Sunflower must begin construction of the coal plant by March 2020 or it will lose its state construction permit. Against the backdrop of current prevailing politics regarding coal-fired plants and the steady retirement...

NRECA CEO Promotes Diverse Electric Generation Options

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee of Congress, Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), stressed the importance of a diverse mix of fuel, including coal and natural gas, to provide affordable electricity rates from electric cooperatives serving rural communities. Jim Matheson was one of six witnesses to testify at...

Q&A: RURAL Act Sponsors Discuss Strategy for Passage

More than a third of senators have now signed on to support the RURAL Act, a bipartisan bill to protect electric cooperatives’ tax-exempt status. As of Monday, 38 senators were co-sponsoring the bill, which would allow not-for-profit coops to accept government grants for disaster relief, broadband service, and other priorities without losing their tax-exempt...

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Delivers Broadband Grant to Forked Deer Electric Cooperative

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently delivered a $2.8 million grant to Forked Deer Electric Cooperative for rural broadband development. The grant is part of the ReConnect program, which began in 2018 with a $600 million budget to be disbursed for rural broadband in...

Majority of House Members Co-sponsor RURAL Act

A majority of the members of the House of Representatives are co-sponsoring the RURAL Act, which is a bill addressing electric cooperatives’ tax-exempt status.

House Lawmakers Co-sponsor Bill to Solve Unintended Tax Consequence Problem

A bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives recently co-sponsored legislation to fix an unintended consequence for electric cooperatives from the 2017 federal tax law changes. Under the current federal tax laws that were adopted in 2017, coops that receive federal, state or local government grants are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status. The RURAL Act aims to...

Coop CEO Advocates to Expand Rural Broadband by Passing RURAL Act

Tim Johnson, CEO of Otsego Electric Cooperative, recently testified before a congressional committee with respect to coops’ tax-exempt status under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Johnson advocated that Congress fix the federal tax code so that not-for-profit cooperatives would no longer lose their tax-exempt status by taking federal, state or local grants to bring broadband service to...

NRECA Voices Support for Repeal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson issued a statement regarding the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule. Matheson praised the repeal for creating clarity in a patchwork regulatory environment and for its benefits for electric cooperatives building and maintaining key...

NRECA Provides Insight on Progress of Coop Priorities in Congress

John Cassady, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Vice President of Legislative Affairs, provides an update on how key interests to electric coops have progressed in Congress thus far in 2019.

North Carolina Coop Leader Touts Microgrid Projects at Senate Hearing

Lee Ragsdale, Senior Vice President of Grid Infrastructure and Compliance at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, recently spoke at a Senate hearing on energy innovation and economic growth regarding current initiatives to strengthen the energy grid. Specifically, Ragsdale spoke about using solar farms, demand-response programs, energy storage, and microgrids to strengthen the...

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