Wholesale Power

Cooperatives purchase nearly half of their energy requirements from other wholesale suppliers; most cooperatives are net buyers of power. Because many NRECA member cooperatives purchase power from regulated markets, rules governing prices, access to markets and transmission can have a profound impact on the electric bills of their consumer-members. When market power is abused, wholesale power prices can increase and access to transmission can be unfairly limited.

NRECA advocates on behalf of its cooperative members to promote effective wholesale power markets before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) and state agencies.

Where We Stand
  • NRECA supports voluntary effective competitive wholesale markets, open transmission access, transparency, construction of new transmission infrastructure, and elimination of undue market power.
  • Regulation of the wholesale power market should facilitate, not interfere with, cooperatives’ ability to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to their consumer-members.