Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), today urged the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to pass the new, five-year Farm Bill as quickly as possible.
“Electric cooperatives appreciate the conferees working together to reach a compromise agreement. The Farm Bill is critical to economic development and rural Americans. It includes meaningful improvements to the Rural Utilities Service electric loan program that will allow co-ops to continue investing in the distribution, transmission, service and generation of safe, reliable and affordable electric power. It also expands important energy efficiency loans available to members at a low rate to help reduce energy costs and consumption. We hope both Houses of Congress will pass this legislation immediately,” Emerson said.
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.