Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, welcomed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) speech today announcing her Energy 20/20 White Paper at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
“Senator Murkowski’s paper is spot-on in its call for a more reliable and affordable electricity grid. Her assessment of the factors influencing the electric grid brings to light the importance of honest dialogue, and co-ops look forward to being part of that conversation.
“Regulations cannot occur in a vacuum. They must be deliberate and thoughtful. Folks in Washington often forget about the impact at the end of the line, but electric co-ops know first-hand the effect even a small price increase can have. That’s why we stand strong in supporting a true all-of-the-above energy policy that helps keep electricity affordable.”
Electric cooperatives serve the majority of the persistent poverty counties in the country. As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, these counties have 20 percent or more of their populations were living in poverty over the last 30 years. View the map depicting electric cooperative service territory overlaid with the persistent poverty counties at http://www.nreca.coop/wp-content/plugins/nreca-interactive-maps/persistent-poverty/.
In August 2013, Murkowski received the NRECA Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding support for rural electrification and public power.
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.