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Issues

 

Clean Power Plan

The EPA recently finalized new regulations targeting the power plants that keep your lights on and your house cool. Affordable and reliable power will likely be jeopardized as a result of the proposal. It’s vital that the White House delay this rule. more>>

Ratepayer Protection Act

Please thank your Member of Congress for supporting the Ratepayer Protection Act.   more>>

Waters of the US (WOTUS)

We urge the U.S. Senate to take up and pass S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Act.   more>>

Excise Tax on "High Cost" Health Plans

We urge Congress to repeal the unfair 40% excise tax on "high cost" health plans   more>>

Coal Ash

We urge the U.S. Senate to take up and pass S. 1803: Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015   more>>

RUS Funding

The President's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2016 recommended $6 billion for the RUS Electric Loan program, with restrictions on how these resources can be used. NRECA urges Congress to maintain an adequate loan level for the RUS Electric Loan Program and reject further restrictions on the purposes for which electric cooperatives may borrow from RUS.   more>>

Cybersecurity

Protecting the nation's electric power grid and ensuring an affordable, reliable and secure supply of energy are top priorities for electric cooperatives, and the electric power industry as a whole. The North American power system is becoming an even more complex machine as additional automation and remote access capabilities are added to grid operations. We continue to see system owners and operators as having the greatest expertise in responding to and mitigating threats and vulnerabilities to the grid.   more>>

Distributed Generation/Solar

Not-for-profit electric co-ops develop solar for one reason only: to serve their members. Cooperative solar IS consumer-owned solar. Co-ops are now bringing solar to regions of the country where this technology had been written off as unprofitable.   more>>

FEMA

Congress needs to carefully weigh any proposals for retooling or overhauling FEMA. FEMA needs to ensure proper use and implementation of FEMA Policy 9580.6, Electric Utility Repair.   more>>

Endangered Species Act

Support thoughtful, sensible, and targeted Improvements to the Endangered Species Act. Congress should reauthorize the ESA, and in so doing, make procedural changes to make the Act more efficient, effective, less costly and with the goal of finding a balance that accommodates essential economic activities.   more>>

Pole Attachments

Congress should maintain the cooperative exemption from the federal pole attachment statute and reject any effort to subject electric cooperatives to federal pole attachment regulations. We urge Congress to maintain the federal pole attachment exemption for electric cooperatives.   more>>