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What Biden’s Victory Means for Electric Cooperatives

Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race sets the stage for potentially sweeping environmental policy changes. However, his planned policy agenda would be muted by what now looks to be a divided Congress, with a Republican-led Senate and a diminished Democratic majority in the House. In the near term, Biden is expected to push for a broad economic stimulus plan shortly after he...

SMECO Approved to Offer 100% Green Option for Default Service

The Maryland Public Service Commission, in a 4-1 decision, approved the application of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO) to implement a proposed option for SMECO members who take Standard Offer Service the choice to have SMECO make the power supply for their load one hundred percent “green.”

NRECA Releases Statement on Social Justice

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) released a statement on social justice in America expressing its commitment to promoting a positive and inclusive culture.

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.

Electric Cooperatives Adjust Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

As Americans reduce direct contact with one another to slow the spread of the coronavirus, generation and transmission cooperatives are working to keep electricity flowing to homes, businesses and institutions. For example, Great River Energy is giving the majority of its administrative staff the option of working remotely and has reduced staffing in its facilities to essential minimum...

Congress Passes Legislation to Improve Broadband Mapping

The Broadband Deployment and Technological Availability Act passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Trump. The bill requires the Federal Communications Commission to collect more detailed data from broadband providers. The bill will allow coops better information about broadband service in rural communities, addressing a common understanding that current data is...

USDA Announces $900 Million Investment in Rural Infrastructure

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $900 million investment to build and improve rural electric infrastructure across 16 states through its Electric Loan Program. The investment will result in new or improved electric line of over 2,700 miles. One of the largest recipients, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, will receive $347 million to improve power generation...

CEO of Oregon Coop Warns of Impact of Federal Government Delays on Wildfire Risk

Dave Markham, President and CEO of Central Electric Cooperative, Inc., an electric cooperative in Redmond, Oregon, testified before two subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding how delays in federal action have affected the wildfire mitigation efforts of electric cooperatives located near federal lands.

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...

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