(ARLINGTON, VA) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today applauded U.S. Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) for introducing bipartisan legislation to resolve a water heater efficiency standard that will impact electric cooperatives and their members across the country. Through this pragmatic legislation, co-ops can continue to use large electric resistance water heaters in resource-saving demand response programs, and consumers can continue to choose these beneficial water heaters for their homes.
“Through our water heater demand response programs, we reduce demand for expensive peak energy and more easily store power generated from renewable sources to help meet that evening peak demand,” said Kirk Johnson, Senior Vice President for Government Relations at NRECA. “As a result, it helps electric co-ops provide the most reliable and affordable electricity to their members.”
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.