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NRECA Joins Groups Advocating Continuation of MATS

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), along with six other advocating groups, requested that the Environmental Protection Agency complete the statutorily mandated Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) for power plants under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act as expeditiously as possible and leave the underlying Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in place...

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...

Coops Oppose PMA Privatization Proposal

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has released a statement opposing the proposal to sell Power Marketing Administration (PMA) transmission assets, stating that “[m]ore than 600 electric coops rely on PMAs for access to low-cost, hydroelectric...

New York Coop Receives Broadband Funding From State Grant Program

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the recipients of the final round of grants for the New NY Broadband Program, which is intended to increase broadband access to all New Yorkers. Among the recipients of these broadband funds are local utility providers, including Otsego Electric...

Tennessee Coop to Provide Broadband Service

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced on Friday that Gibson Electric Membership Corporation (Gibson EMC) was awarded more than $1.3 million by the State of Tennessee through the State’s Broadband Accessibility Grant Program. The grant will help Gibson EMC move closer to the goal of making high-speed internet service available to all of its...

Formation of Virginia Rural Broadband Coalition Announced

Following an increase in rural broadband funding in Virginia’s biennial budget, advocates of rural broadband announce the formation of the Virginia Rural Broadband Coalition (VRBC). VRBC’s focus is to promote efforts to connect rural Virginian businesses, governmental organizations, and residents to the...

NRECA Applauds White House Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) released a statement this week applauding the White House Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity on a recent report aimed at jumpstarting the rural American economy. The task force was created last April by President Donald...

New Hampshire Cooperative Seeking FEMA Reimbursement

President Trump has granted a request for a major disaster declaration in Belknap County, New Hampshire and elsewhere for an October 29, 2017 – November 1, 2017 storm that brought flooding rains and damaging winds. The declaration will free up funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to government entities and some private nonprofits for up to 75 percent of the...

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing approximately $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development. The funding is to be provided in 27 states through the USDA Rural Development’s Electric Program, the successor to the Rural Electrification...

EPA Announces Repeal of Clean Power Plan

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced his intention to roll back the Clean Power Plan. Several environmental groups and states plan to challenge the proposed repeal in federal...

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