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National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Research Arm Applies for Funding to Assist Small Electric Cooperatives in Smart Grid Efforts

NRECA Research, the research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, has applied for funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan to assist a consortium of small electric cooperatives in smart grid deployment.

White House Outlines Support at National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Conference

President Biden spoke on Wednesday at the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association conference in Nashville. The president announced that the Department of Agriculture will begin accepting applications for funding provided for in the Inflation Reduction Act which earmarked $9.7 billion for cooperatives.

Congress Receives Widespread Call to Pass Electric Permitting Reform

Electric cooperatives across the nation are urging Congress to pass the BUILDER Act, which would streamline the permitting process for electric system modernization by limiting the amount of time for environmental review, encouraging greater cooperative participation, and creating deadlines for post-permitting lawsuits. The cooperatives contend that the current process under the...

NRECA International Helps Bangladesh Modernize a Utility

NRECA International completed at the end of 2022 a 20-month long $2 million efficiency improvement with Bangladeshi utility, the Northern Electric Supply Corp. in Rajshahi. The effort was funded by the Asian Development Bank and will reduce outages for the 1.7 million consumers served by Northern Electric.

Moon Lake Donates Transformers to Navajo Utility

Moon Lake Electric Association sent 20 10-kilovolt single phase transformers to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Montezuma Creek sub-office. The transformers will help power the Light Up Navajo initiative which aims to bring power to the 14,000 people in the Navajo nation.

USDA to Award $2.7 Billion to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure

The USDA recently announced $2.7 billion in loans to help rural cooperatives and utilities expand and modernize their electric infrastructure and increase grid security.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Among Stakeholders Opposing Proposed Distribution Transformer Rules

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is among several stakeholders opposed to new energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers. The group of stakeholders asserts the new standards would create significant costs and threaten the supply of transformers.

New Cybersecurity Solution Being Adopted by Cooperatives

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Essence 3.0 cybersecurity solution has been deployed at nearly 55 electric cooperatives and helps with tracking and mitigating cybersecurity threats.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Encourages Policymakers to Focus on Grid Reliability

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s CEO, Jim Matheson, encouraged policymakers to prioritize electric grid reliability in their energy transition policymaking during his recent address before the U.S. Energy Association’s 19th Annual State of the Energy Industry Forum.

Electric Cooperatives Discuss Top Policy Priorities for 2023

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association held a recent Question and Answer session to outline its 2023 policy goals aimed at helping pass legislation benefiting cooperatives and ensuring the new laws are implemented as intended.

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