Locally-owned and operated electric cooperatives are working to protect the environment — after all, cooperative employees live and work in the same communities as their consumer-members. That’s why cooperatives are researching and deploying cost-effective environmental technologies at power plants. New control technologies have allowed cooperatives to reduce air pollutants by 65% since 1990 and our emissions will be reduced ever further as we install more controls to meet new environmental regulations.
Electric cooperatives nationwide advocate for legislative and regulatory policies that are scientifically sound, cost-effective and balance consumer interest and environmental protection. We advocate for policies that protect health and the environment while ensuring reliable and affordable power.
To find out where we stand on specific proposals and regulations, see pages inside this section.
- Cooperatives support sensible multi-emission legislation that can reduce power plant emissions more quickly and economically than continued regulation under current law. NRECA believes Congress should enact legislation that will address these objectives while balancing America’s energy, environmental and economic needs.
- Electric cooperatives believe that additional clean water requirements can meet environmental goals to enhance water quality through scientifically sound, cost-effective methods, while allowing utilities as much flexibility as possible.
- NRECA supports flexibility in the use of different types of mitigation, the use of preservation alone and the use of vegetated buffers for stream or wetlands impacts.
- NRECA and its members favor waste requirements that minimize economic impacts on the electric consumer, allow utilities as much flexibility as possible, recognize the need to provide economic and reliable electric power, and consider the regulatory effects on emerging competitive electricity markets.