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Solar Development Transforming Rural Energy Landscape

The acceleration of solar development by electric cooperatives is changing the energy landscape in rural America. According to a new report released by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, electric co-ops currently own or purchase more than nine times as much solar energy as they did in...

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...

Coalition Works to Highlight Rural Connectivity

Executives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, as well as executives from four other partner organizations – Farm Foundation, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, CoBank, and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation – to kick off...

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...

NRECA CEO Requests Funds for Rural Broadband

In a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations, Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), recently requested significant funding for rural infrastructure. Matheson recommended that at least $2.5 billion of the FY2018 budget be dedicated to providing broadband to rural areas of the...

Jay Schwarz Provides Remarks at NRECA’s CEO Close-Up Conference

Jay Schwarz, Wireline Advisor to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, provided remarks this week at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) CEO Close-Up Conference. His statements focused on future partnerships between the FCC and rural electric...

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...

Electric Cooperative to Provide Clean Energy to Coop Members

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC), a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving over 36,000 meters in 14 Virginia counties, and Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, a leading independent power producer and provider of turnkey renewable energy solutions, are developing two 5 MWac solar electric generating facilities along the Interstate 64 corridor in Virginia....

Rural Cooperatives Shift Toward Cleaner Power Generation Mix

Low gas prices, the federal production tax credit and state renewables mandates are leading to a cleaner power generation mix for rural cooperatives. Specifically, wind power, natural gas and related technology innovation are dominating growth of cooperatives’ energy generation. According to the American Wind Energy Association, electric cooperatives added more than 900 MW of new wind...

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