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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.

NRECA, DOE Launch Rural Battery Storage Research Projects

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) this week launched four rural battery storage projects in partnership with five electric cooperatives and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity. Projects are being funded in part by DOE and will examine how energy storage systems can improve the resilience of critical infrastructure in rural areas.

NRECA Urges Congress to Include RUS Debt Relief in Upcoming COVID-19 Stimulus Package

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which represents more than 900 electric cooperatives in the US, is urging Congress to include a provision in the next COVID-19 stimulus package that would allow electric coops to reprice loans from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at current low interest rates without penalties. Current RUS loan rules apply hefty prepayment...

Leaders of Electric Cooperatives Discuss Safety Measures Taken to Protect the Safety and Health of Their Employees During COVID-19

Senior electric coop leaders recently spoke with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and T&D World about safety measures being implemented to protect the safety and health of their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although coops have moved swiftly to protect the safety and health of their employees and the public, some of the challenges moving forward...

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