Electric Co-ops and Climate Change
NRECA’s members have a keen interest in proposals to mitigate climate change because nearly 70 percent of the nation’s overall electricity, and almost ninety percent of the cooperatives’ electricity is generated from fossil fuels that produce greenhouse gases. Electric cooperatives face growing uncertainty over what the future of US climate change policy will be and how that future policy would affect the ability of cooperatives to provide affordable, reliable, and safe electric power. Policies to address climate change can have substantial negative impacts on electric cooperative consumer-owners.
Where We Stand
- If Congress or the Administration considers legislation or regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions, NRECA will be actively engaged to ensure that any plan protects the interests of, and minimizes the economic impacts to, electric cooperatives and our consumer-owners, and allow cooperatives to continue to provide affordable, reliable, and safe electric power.
- NRECA opposes the use of the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
NRECA supports research and technology development for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU).