(ARLINGTON, VA) — National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jo Ann Emerson applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Electrify Africa Act, H.R. 2548.
“Access to safe, reliable, and affordable electricity for millions of Africans will remove barriers to economic development. Electric cooperatives commend this bipartisan legislation that will reduce poverty, boost efforts to grow local economies, overcome education challenges for their children and improve healthcare for their families,” Emerson said. “The public-private partnerships created by this legislation will support Africa’s energy development, create jobs and strengthen its consumer base to be stronger trading partners with America. We urge the Senate to also act on this legislation so African nations can establish stronger foundations for social and economic development, leading to stronger partnerships with the United States.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.