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NRECA Challenges Bureau of Land Management’s New Conservation Rule

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new Conservation and Landscape Health Rule, which they claim hinders electric cooperatives’ operations. NRECA, supported by a coalition of 11 other industries, argues that the rule prioritizes conservation over...

NRECA ACCESS Project Focuses on Expanding Rural Community Solar

To grow adoption of community solar projects in rural states, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) launched the Achieving Cooperative Community Equitable Solar Sources (ACCESS) project. ACCESS is funded by a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and focuses on research, field tests, and conversations...

NRECA Sues EPA over New Power Plant Rule

On Thursday, NRECA filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the EPA over its newly released power plant rule that requires sweeping reductions in carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and new natural gas plants. NRECA asserts the new rule is unlawful and unreasonable, posing an immediate threat to the American electric grid and forcing a...

NRECA Criticizes New Federal Permitting Rule

NRECA believes the new rule released The White House Council on Environmental Quality final Phase 2 rule under the National Environmental Policy Act will impede critical projects needed to ensure reliable and affordable power. The rule elevates certain environmental considerations, including a project’s climate impacts, above others, which NRECA asserts is inconsistent with NEPA’s...

NRECA Urges Expansion of Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association urged congress to increase minimum requirements for uplink standards to empower electric cooperatives to compete with larger ISPs for BEAD grants. At least 200 of the 900 electric cooperatives are providing some form of broadband service to members, and cooperatives are among the fastest growing set of broadband providers.

NRECA Backs the Distribution Transformer Efficiency and Supply Chain Reliability Act of 2024

NRECA is supporting the Distribution Transformer Efficiency and Supply Chain Reliability Act of 2024, a bipartisan Senate bill that would require all distribution transformer cores to be made with amorphous steel by as early as 2027, increasing efficiencies and reducing wait times for electric cooperatives to receive the transformers. The current average wait time for a distribution...

NRECA Part of Coalition Encouraging Congress to Provide Electrical Grid Funding

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is part of a coalition of energy, manufacturing, and homebuilding groups encouraging the Senate to include $1.2 billion in funding for distribution transformers and other electric grid components in its energy and water spending bill.

NRECA Critical of U.S. Government Plan to Remove Washington State Hydropower Plants

NRECA CEO Jim Matheson expressed alarm and outrage at a proposed deal before Congress, leaked to the public on November 29th, to breach the Lower Snake River Dams in Washington. Matheson stated the proposed deal would threaten electric reliability for millions of Americans in the Pacific Northwest.

NRECA Implores Lawmakers to focus on Grid Reliability following NERC Winter Reliability Assessment

Bolstering NRECA’s repeated warnings over the past several years, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2023-24 Winter Reliability Assessment revealed looming grid reliability challenges coupled with continued soaring electricity demand. NRECA believes recent policy proposals, such as EPA’s recent power plant proposal, do not adequately focus on electric...

Department of Energy awards $100 million to NRECA, Coops for Wildfire Mitigation Infrastructure

Through its Grid Resilience Innovation Partnership Program, the Department of Energy has awarded nearly $100 million in federal infrastructure funding to NRCEA and 39 coops from across the country to harden systems against wildfires and enhance grid reliability.

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