Arlington, VA, May 16, 2013 — Speaking on behalf of the more than 900 electric cooperative utilities and their 42 million electric consumers, Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association had the following comments on confirmation of Dr. Ernest Moniz, by the United States Senate, as Secretary of Energy.
America’s electric cooperatives applaud the unanimous confirmation of Dr. Ernest Moniz, by the United States Senate, as Secretary of Energy. America needs someone in that cabinet position who understands the impact of federal energy policy on the electric bills that consumers pay every month. We are hopeful that Secretary Moniz will take the consumers’ interests, especially low-income and rural consumers, into account when setting policy and will work actively with a wide array of stakeholders, including electric cooperatives, as he begins to put his mark on federal energy policy. We were heartened to learn during the course of his confirmation hearings that Dr. Moniz shares our belief that hydropower, including the historic federal facilities, should be considered a renewable energy resource and hope that under his leadership, the department will continue to recognize and respect the long-standing roles that the Power Marketing Administrations have played in serving the needs of rural communities within their regions. Electric cooperatives also look forward to continuing the productive dialogue and collaborative research that has been a hallmark of the relationship between electric co-ops and the Department of Energy.