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Permitting Action Plan Fails to Address Electric Infrastructure Needs, NRCEA Says

Electric cooperatives have historically encouraged policymakers to support solutions that modernize the National Environmental Policy Act and help to ameliorate the lack of federal coordination, inconsistent processes, and protracted litigation that threatens electric reliability. NRCEA believes President Biden’s “permitting action plan” fails to deliver the necessary reforms needed to...

Coop Lineworkers Volunteering to Help Electrify Guatemalan Village

A team of 16 lineworker volunteers from electric cooperatives in Oklahoma and Colorado, including Cimarron Electric Cooperative, Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, and Holy Cross Energy, will travel to Guatemala in this summer with NRECA International to help electrify a small mountain village of about 250 people.

NRECA Spotlights Legislative Goals as Electric Cooperative Leaders Head to Capitol

Electric cooperative leaders are going to Washington to ask Congress for help in taking advantage of energy incentives, reducing their debt, and accessing billions of infrastructure dollars. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has identified dozens of components of the bipartisan infrastructure bill that may be of interest to electric cooperatives, and they will...

NRECA Creates Membership Service Tier to Focus on Rural Broadband

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has created a new membership tier for cooperatives considering or currently providing broadband services. This membership group is designed to help provide assistance with strategy and support for a wide range of related issues, including technology, communication, regulations, and federal policy. NRECA anticipates that about...

NRECA CEO: Carbon-Free Electricity Generation by 2035 Is Overly Ambitious

After the Biden administration set the goal of achieving a 100% carbon-free electric sector by 2035, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO, Jim Matheson, argued to Congress this overly ambitious goal could threaten grid reliability and requires technology that is not yet available. Matheson suggested Congress instead focus on a resilient and reliable electric...

NRECA Requests Postal Service Abandon Postage Rate Increases

The U.S. Postal Service is set to increase nonprofit marketing mail rates by an average of 7.8%. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), along with other nonprofits, are asking the Postal Service to abandon the increases in light of the Postal Reform Act of 2022, which President Biden is expected to sign into law soon.

NRECA Supports States’ Authority to Set Emission Standards at Power Plants

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments over whether the Environmental Protection Agency can set emissions standards for fossil fuel generation resources, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) stated its support for preserving states’ authority to do so. The Court is expected to decide the case by June 2022.

NRECA International Eyes Electrifying New Communities

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International hopes to continue electrification efforts in Zambia and Guatemala in 2022. The efforts have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NRECA Works to Achieve Legislative Gains for Cooperatives

Electric cooperatives throughout the nation are poised to reap the benefits in 2022 of legislation passed by Congress last year that includes coop priorities pushed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and its members. The biggest success was passage of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act, which will give a major boost to coops by...

Electric Cooperatives Laud Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson praised Congress’ passage of a bipartisan infrastructure bill that will support clean energy technologies, broadband deployment, grid modernization and resiliency and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, all of which will assist in meeting the needs of communities served by electric cooperatives.

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