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Coops Pledge to Sustain Broadband Service as Pandemic Hardships Increase

Several electric cooperatives that provide broadband internet are taking steps to keep rural communities connected during the coronavirus pandemic, including measures that go far beyond a Federal Communications Commission call to sustain service for low-income customers. Those steps include delivering higher connection speeds, even for members who subscribe to more modest...

NRECA Urges Congress to Include Aid for Coops in CARES Act

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), in a letter to congressional leaders, requested that aid for electric coops be included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Coop Leaders Meet with FCC to Discuss Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released draft ground rules for obtaining funding from the Rural Development Opportunity Fund, an auction that will allocate a total of $20.4 billion to support the development of broadband networks in rural America. Coop leaders, including BARC CEO Mike Keyser and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson, took...

NRECA CEO Promotes Diverse Electric Generation Options

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee of Congress, Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), stressed the importance of a diverse mix of fuel, including coal and natural gas, to provide affordable electricity rates from electric cooperatives serving rural communities. Jim Matheson was one of six witnesses to testify at...

DOE Announces Funding to Advance Wind Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is one of 13 projects to receive a total of $28 million to advance wind energy nationwide.

NRECA Voices Support for Repeal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson issued a statement regarding the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule. Matheson praised the repeal for creating clarity in a patchwork regulatory environment and for its benefits for electric cooperatives building and maintaining key...

NRECA Provides Insight on Progress of Coop Priorities in Congress

John Cassady, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Vice President of Legislative Affairs, provides an update on how key interests to electric coops have progressed in Congress thus far in 2019.

NRECA Partners on U.S. EV Charging White Paper

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE), and the American Public Power Association (APPA) with respect to a white paper identifying challenges and recommendations to drive greater interoperability and...

Pricey Insurance Provision Repealed by House

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday in a bipartisan effort to repeal the “Cadillac Tax” provision of the Affordable Care Act. The provision, which taxed some employer-sponsored health care plans with a 40% surcharge, was panned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for unfairly affecting coops due to higher rural health care...

NRECA Anticipates ACE Will Promote Flexibility and Certainty

According to a statement by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule will provide flexibility and certainty while addressing carbon emissions from existing power...

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