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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.


NRECA, Cobb EMC and three national laboratories have won global recognition for their work on microgrid control modeling software that can boost grid reliability by using distributed assets to mitigate power outages.

South Carolina Cooperative: Reliability Remains Key Concern

Echoing NRECA’s message on the five biggest challenges threatening grid reliability, Bob Paulling, CEO of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, testified before the House Representatives on the urgent need to increase grid reliability throughout the nation. Amongst other measures, Paulling recommended streamlining permitting processes that unnecessarily delay new developments.

NRECA Opposes EPA Power Plant Emissions Proposal

NRECA submitted written comments to EPA on August 8, opposing the agency’s rules regulating plant emissions. CEO Jim Matheson articulated that organization believes the rules are “unrealistic, unachievable, and will reduce key generating resources just as Americans are increasing their reliance on electricity.”

National Environmental Policy Act to Streamline Permitting and Environmental Review

Congress recently passed reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act as part of the bipartisan agreement to raise the country’s debt limit. The law, which NRCEA supported, is expected to expedite the permitting process for electric cooperatives, requiring environmental impact statements to be done with two years and less intensive environmental assessments to be completed within...

Stakeholders Ask President Biden to Prioritize U.S. Steel Production for Electric Grid

The NRECA and eight other national organizations recently wrote to the President requesting the prioritization of domestic steel production in order to help meet the unprecedented demand for electrification, grid modernization and resilience initiatives.

NRECA Chief Executive Officer Questions EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced rules for greenhouse gas emissions this week, with initial requirements beginning in 2030, which could spur the retirement of certain coal-fired and gas-fired generators. The limits vary based on the size of the generator and certain operational characteristics. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Chief Executive...

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Urges Congress to Reduce Broadband Costs through Permitting Reform

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) senior vice president told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee that the 200 electric cooperatives which provide broadband to their members face expensive delays in permitting, complicating access to the $42.5 billion in the Broadband Equity, Access and Development Program.

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