Legislative Alerts

Electric Cooperative Testifies on Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century

Mel Coleman, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative CEO  and NRECA Board Vice President, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power on the benefits of and challenges to energy access in the 21st century. Mr. Coleman told the Committee that electric co
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Senate Passes S. 1302, the Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act

On Tuesday, January 28th, the Senate passed S. 1302, the Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act, by unanimous consent. This bipartisan legislation would make the temporary exemption from pension funding rules in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 for rural coop
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Co-ops Welcome New Farm Bill

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 co
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Electric Cooperative Testifies on EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Standards for Fossil Fuel Power Plants

Tony Campbell, President and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power on EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Standards for Fossil Fuel Power Plants. Mr. Campbell warned the Committee that EPA’s propo
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Updated: NRECA Urges Senate to Pass S. 1302, the Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act

Over 40 bipartisan Senators have joined Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to cosponsor S. 1302, which should be on the Senate floor in December. In 2006, Congress recognized its new pension funding rules we
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NRECA Supports S. 1353, the Cybersecurity Act of 2013

In a letter to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller and Ranking Member John Thune, NRECA, as part of a coalition representing every segment of the electric utility and nuclear power industries, voiced support for S. 1353, the Cybersecurity Ac
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NRECA Applauds Bipartisan Passage of H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013

Today, the House passed H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, by a vote of 265 -155. The bill establishes a non-hazardous regulatory framework to govern the disposal of coal combustion residuals, ensures that a minimum federal requirement for the disposal of
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Mike Kezar, General Manager, San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Electric Cooperative Testifies on the Dangers of the President’s Climate Action Plan

Mike Kezar, General Manager, San Miguel Electric Cooperative, testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade on the effects of the President’s Climate Action Plan on a small generation and transmission cooperative. He told the Committee that t
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NRECA Supports H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013

In a letter to Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Henry Waxman, NRECA, along with APPA, EEI, and USWAG, expressed their support for H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013. The bill establishes a non-hazardous regulatory framework to govern the disposal of c
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