Climage Change Strategy

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Dr. S. Julio Friedmann, Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that requiring carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) would increase wholesale electricity prices 70 to 80 percent on coal plants with first generation CCS technology and 40 percent on plants with second generation CCS technology.

An All-of-the-Above Strategy

Electric cooperatives believe and advocate for an “all-of-the-above” strategy to our nation’s energy policy. Cooperatives control more than 5 GW of renewable energy capacity and lead the industry in promoting residential efficiency. Cooperatives are investing in new nuclear power plants. Cooperatives are also researching an array of technologies to help reduce all types of emissions, including greenhouse gases, from our power plants. We urge federal and state policy makers to work with us on a plan that will help us protect the environment while preserving affordable electric service for the nation’s 42 million co-op consumer-members.

Cooperative Fuel Mix

A breakdown of the fuel mix that generated electricity sold by 837 distribution cooperatives to 42 million consumer-members nationwide in 2009.

Cooperative Fuel Mix Source: NRECA Strategic Analysis (based on RUS and EIA data)

Federal Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Where We Stand

Because there is no commercially viable technology to capture and store CO2 from power plants, NRECA is very concerned about the potential economic impact of greenhouse gas regulation on electric cooperatives and their consumer-members. NRECA opposes regulations that will prevent our members from providing affordable, reliable and safe electric power.

Statement of Jo Ann Emerson on climate regulation:
Electric Co-ops Decry Administration’s New ‘All-But-One’ Energy Policy

Visit NRECA on the Issues for more on our positions on regulation.

Cooperatives Powering a Clean Energy Future

Renewable Energy
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Nationwide, co-ops control a total of nearly 5.3 GW of renewable wind, solar and waste heat capacity — in addition to roughly 10 GW of federal hydroelectric power. Read More

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Energy Efficiency
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750 Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives are participating in the only utility-sponsored nation-wide campaign to promote efficiency. Read More

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Spotlight on Clean Coal Research


Through the Cooperative Research Network, electric co-ops are researching technologies to reduce emissions, including carbon dioxide, from fossil fuel power generation. CRN’s “Generation, Fuel & Environment” research portfolio includes:

  • Utilization of CO2 for the production of liquid fuels
  • Technologies to increase the efficiency of existing generating units
  • New generation designs
  • Integration of renewable energy

Learn more about CRN’s Generation, Fuel & Environment research.

Great River Energy

Great River Energy uses its DryFining™ technology at this North Dakota plant (Photo by: Great River Energy)

Great River Energy uses its DryFining™ technology at this North Dakota plant (Photo by: Great River Energy)

An emissions reduction technology developed by a Minnesota-based G&T will have an international impact.

Great River Energy has signed an agreement to make its DryFining™ technology available in China.

Greg Ridderbusch, Great River Energy vice president of business development and strategy, said the deal with a Chinese firm represents “a significant milestone” for the DryFining technology, which reduces emissions and improves efficiency at coal-based plants.

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