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NRECA Asks Federal Agency for Rural-Friendly Broadband Grants Rules

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) recently sent a letter to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) arguing that broadband grants worth $300 million should only go toward proven technologies, and some rural areas should remain eligible for this funding even if they have won awards in other specific federal efforts to bridge the...

NRECA Urges Congress to Pass $10 Billion in Low-Income Energy Aid

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and six other energy groups wrote a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies urging Congress to approve an additional $10 billion in emergency assistance to low-income Americans struggling to pay their electric bills during the...

NRECA Expresses Concerns Regarding Winning Bidders in Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accompanied by a white paper from the NRECA and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, detailing concerns about certain winning bids in the first phase of the recent Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction and offering remedies if an FCC review determines...

Members of Congress Call on the FCC to Vet Prospective Rural Broadband Providers

A bipartisan group of senators and House members asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to verify the promises that broadband providers are making in their bid proposals to the recent Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction. This request is being made at the urging of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association due to the concerns that some of the winning bidders may...

NRECA to Press Congress to Approve Repricing of RUS Loans

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is planning to urge Congress and the incoming Biden administration to support legislation to reprice Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loans at current low interest rates. The proposed legislation would allow coops to request rate adjustments on existing RUS loans within 180 days of the bill’s enactment and waive any prepayment...

NRECA, Others, Warn FERC on Need for New NERC Standards

The American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), amongst others, are warning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop new standards or requirements in an effort to mitigate security risks tied to equipment and services.

NRECA Receives DOE Funding to Strengthen Cybersecurity

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will use $6 million in Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop and deliver its cybersecurity tool, Essence, to cooperatives nationwide. Essence continually monitors for cyber threats and enables the utility industry to share characteristics of an incident to help detect large, coordinated cyberattacks.

House Bill Would Give Coops Tax Credits to Help Pay Retirement Costs

NRECA is supporting a bipartisan House bill that would give electric cooperatives a temporary tax credit to help keep their retirement plans funded during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Preserving Employee Retirement Savings Act would provide a two-year tax credit for up to 20% of the retirement costs paid by coops and other small businesses experiencing hardships because of the pandemic....

NRECA Supports Bipartisan Legislation Giving Electric Cooperatives Tax Credit for Retirement Funds

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) supports The Preserving Employee Retirement Savings Act, introduced by Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa., which would grant electric cooperatives a two-year tax credit for up to 20% of their retirement fund costs. The tax credit could generate as much as $100,000 in 2020 and 2021 for each eligible electric...

Coops Help Install a Microgrid for an Egg Farm

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, North Carolina EMC and Tideland EMC have worked in partnership to facilitate installation of a system comprised of a 2 MW solar array, a 2.5 MW battery, backup diesel generation and a controller that will serve the Rose Acre Farms egg farm in Hyde County, NC.

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