“Gig Mountain” has attracted a couple of hundred users on the Jasper Mountain, and officials with SVEConnect say they are glad to acquire the expanded customer base.” https://bit.ly/3dkdvEG

There are rural broadband success stories across the country but there can be hundreds more! action.coop/covidrelief

You can use the https://youreconomy.org/ to to discover how things are going – and have gone – the last 10+ years in your state and your county.
Wind farms can bring economic benefits, officials say: https://bit.ly/2WPwuSu

#RuralWind #RuralElectric

Between employee salaries distributed, property taxes paid, and community improvement funds invested, #RuralElectric Cooperatives are often one of the primary drivers in a local rural economy.

via NRECA

“As the economic impact of this pandemic spreads, electric co-ops are being challenged like never before to keep the lights on for millions of essential service and frontline workers in hospitals, grocery stores, food production, critical infrastructure and families quarantined at home,” – Jim Matheson, CEO of NRECA https://bit.ly/35n9Xia

Learn more and take action

Another reason why it was so important to #PassTheRURALAct: 72.7% of rural broadband is provided by Co-ops!

http://bit.ly/37l7wMN #RuralElectric #RuralBroadbandNow

The largest solar field in the state of Kansas is now the 20MW project of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation!

https://hayspost.com/posts/5ea04a45eb7f1705360329c7 #RuralElectric #RuralSolar #PowerOn

When McDonald’s closes their doors, what do students who do not have reliable internet service at home do?

They go without and fall behind.

Learn more and take action at action.coop/covidrelief #RuralElectric #RuralBroadbandNow #PowerOn

South Dakota voters age 50 and older overwhelming support policies to expand high-speed internet service — also known as “broadband” — across the state, according to an AARP survey.
https://bit.ly/2y371Lx To learn more and take action, visit action.coop/covidrelief!

Students across rural Ohio – and the rural areas of 49 other states – have to have access to faster and more reliable internet service to succeed in our current and future learning environment.

#RuralBroadbandNow #RuralElectric #PowerOn

“It’s really gone from a concept phase to the advanced stage of research and development, and it’s very exciting,” says Stacey Dahl, Minnkota Power Cooperative’s senior manager of external affairs. “This has the potential to mitigate risk and enhance the value of our assets for our membership.”

https://www.cooperative.com/remagazine/articles/Pages/co-ops-driving-industry-coal-generation-carbon-capture.aspx #RuralElectric

Many of our 42 million members are in financial trouble right now. This will impact the reliability and affordability at a point very near to us.

action.coop/covidrelief

NRECA is asking Congress to provide federal aid to the nation’s 900-plus electric cooperatives, some of which may suffer from budget shortfalls as their consumer-members struggle to pay their electric bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

#RuralElectric #USCongress #PowerOn

Another reason why it was so important to #PassTheRURALAct: 72.7% of rural broadband is provided by Co-ops!

http://bit.ly/37l7wMN #RuralElectric #RuralBroadbandNow

“…total emissions fell 2 percent compared with the year before, according to the Rhodium Group, a research firm that frequently crunches climate numbers. The reason for that decline? The U.S. is burning less coal. That’s been driving down emissions from electricity generation.” http://bit.ly/32b5RYX

#RuralElectric Salon

Over the past year and a half, more than 40 organizations representing energy companies and state departments of transportation have come together under the leadership of the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group to develop a voluntary conservation agreement for the monarch butterfly in partnership with the USFWS. The agreement, known as the National Monarch Butterfly Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for Energy and Transportation Lands, is a regulatory mechanism that encourages non-federal landowners and managers to voluntarily adopt measures that create a net benefit for the monarch butterfly.

http://bit.ly/31Hx84X via Transmission & Distribution World #RuralElectric

“Policymakers must act to address COVID-19’s financial threat to co-ops and rural communities and prevent significant disruptions.” – Jim Matheson, NRECA CEO.

Learn more and take action: action.coop/covidrelief #PowerOn

NRECA is asking lawmakers to include federal loan, broadband, and disaster relief provisions in the next bill, including measures to direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service program to help co-ops save money immediately by taking advantage of historically low-interest rates to reprice or refinance RUS debt without penalties for borrowers. Co-ops hold more than $40 billion in RUS electric program loans.

https://action.coop/covidrelief #RuralElectric #USCongress #PowerOn

Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck, North Dakota. has agreed to buy energy generated by the largest solar field in South Dakota!

https://www.kvrr.com/2020/02/19/basin-electric-announced-solar-purchase-agreement-with-geronimo/ #RuralElectric #RuralSolar

Public power and electric cooperatives are asking Congress to include them in future coronavirus relief legislation, warning their utilities are facing a cash crunch because of unpaid utility bills.

#RuralElectric #CARESAct #USCongress NRECA #PowerOn

The U.S. Senate has passed the Broadband Deployment and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation intended to make funding available for utilities to bring high-speed internet service to their communities.

https://bit.ly/2WE1vJm #RuralBroadbandNow #RuralElectric

Oklahoma is one of the top four wind energy states.

Where does your state rank?

https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Iowa-and-Texas-led-the-US-in-wind-power-additions-569726521.html #RuralElectric #WindPower OAEC – Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives

Just as when #RuralElectric sprang to life in the 1930’s to serve Americans no one else would, and to be owned by those we serve, we need support from Congress to continue providing nonprofit energy to our 42 million consumer-members across the country.

Learn more at https://action.coop/covidrelief #PowerOn #USCongress #Rural

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“Because of this [nonprofit] structure and the desire to keep energy costs as low as possible, some electric co-ops have limited reserve margins to sustain high rates of nonpayment,” he wrote. “As a result of nonpayments and load falloff resulting from economic hardship, some not-for-profit electric cooperatives are facing significant operational shortfalls. Without federal assistance, co-ops may face severe financial distress.” Jim Matheson, CEO of NRECA

https://www.electric.coop/nreca-seeks-federal-relief-for-co-ops-as-members-struggle-to-pay-bills-during-covid-19/ #RuralElectric #USCongress

Another reason why it was so important to #PassTheRURALAct: 72.7% of rural broadband is provided by Co-ops!
When schools, factories, dealerships – even dry cleaners – on the rural grid close up for a time, #RuralElectric loses energy sales. https://bit.ly/2SEW0qW

Another reason to visit action.coop/covidrelief to learn more and take action!

2019 report shows South Dakota had the country’s largest percentage increase in wind growth: https://bit.ly/3aGnmD6 #RuralElectric #RuralWind
Another reason why it was so important to #PassTheRURALAct: 72.7% of rural broadband is provided by Co-ops!

http://bit.ly/37l7wMN #RuralElectric #RuralBroadbandNow

“For Nils Johnson, accessing the internet for work requires driving down a hill and pointing his vehicle toward a data antenna to obtain a signal.” https://bit.ly/2Ya2yBp

Far too many rural Americans – from every state – are falling behind in their education or profession due to the lack of fast and reliable internet service! Learn more and take action at action.coop/covidrelief!

THANKS to the help of hundreds of thousands of members across the country who engaged their officials in Congress, the RURAL Act was passed!

https://www.TheNews.coop/145121/sector/energy/member-power-pays-off-as-us-electric-co-ops-win-fight-for-tax-exemption/

Learn more and take action at action.coop/covidrelief!

The number of telehealth visits, especially from rural America, is rapidly rising: https://bit.ly/2SbKGCm

#RuralBroadbandNow #USCongress #PowerOn

Check out this initiative to help restore bee and butterfly populations by offering free Black-Eyed Susan and Butterfly Milkweed seed packs.

http://bit.ly/2Wr3Cjn #RuralElectric #Monarchs

NRECA is asking lawmakers to include federal loan, broadband and disaster relief provisions in the next stimulus bill, including measures to provide vouchers for needy families and small businesses to pay their internet service providers. This would allow broadband providers, including co-ops, to keep customers connected and provide new connections. Service is especially crucial during the pandemic for online school assignments, teleworking, and telemedicine.

https://action.coop/covidrelief #RuralElectric #USCongress #PowerOn

https://action.coop/covidrelief

Through 2022, NRECA anticipates electricity sales will fall by 5%, resulting in sector operating revenue losses of $7.4 billion. NRECA based its estimate on the correlation between a country’s economic output and domestic electricity sales.

#RuralElectric #USCongress #Rural

Electricity is first generated by a power source and delivered over high-voltage transmission lines, often by generation and transmission cooperatives. Then voltage is reduced for delivery by distribution cooperatives to homes, businesses and farms.
NRECA is asking Congress to provide federal aid to the nation’s 900-plus electric cooperatives, some of which may suffer from budget shortfalls as their consumer-members struggle to pay their electric bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.electric.coop/nreca-seeks-federal-relief-for-co-ops-as-members-struggle-to-pay-bills-during-covid-19/ #RuralElectric #USCongress

Wisconsin’s largest utility says electricity use by large industrial customers is down 18% since this all began. https://bit.ly/2W6pWyg

With these kinds of losses in sales, utilities – like #RuralElectric – will have a hard time maintaining and building infrastructure to serve our tens of millions of members across rural America.

Learn more at action.coop/covidrelief

A healthy connection: Pandemic shows need for rural broadband as health care providers turn to telemedicine https://bit.ly/2KG8YjD

Learn more and take action at action.coop/covidrelief #RuralBroadbandNow #RuralElectric #PowerOn

The economic health of electric co-ops is directly tied to the wellbeing of their local communities,” association, or NRECA, CEO Jim Matheson said in a media statement. “As the economic impact of this pandemic spreads, electric co-ops will be increasingly challenged as they work to keep the lights on for hospitals, grocery stores and millions of new home offices.”

Learn more at https://action.coop #RuralElectric #USCongress

Help protect rural broadband across America at https://action.coop/covidrelief!

What rural Americans need to happen:

• Congress should provide dedicated funding to help ensure small broadband providers can keep families and small businesses connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Include bipartisan legislation (S. 3569/ H.R. 6394) in a COVID-19 relief package to provide needed revenue to broadband providers, avoiding the need for broadband disconnects and enabling more homes to be connected.
• Congress should provide additional funding for the USDA RUS ReConnect Broadband Loan and Grant Program with slight programmatic adjustments around the eligibility of applicants and available areas.

#RuralElectric #RuralBroadbandNow #USCongress #PowerOn

Sadly, this is true in too many places across rural America.

Let’s connect and see what we can do to change the future! action.coop/covidrelief

Electric cooperatives are standing up for rural America and we need YOUR help!

Learn more and take action: action.coop/covidrelief

NRECA is asking lawmakers to include federal loan, broadband, and disaster relief provisions in the next bill, including measures to invest more in existing programs such as the RUS ReConnect Broadband Loan and Grant Program to bring high-speed internet service to rural areas.

https://action.coop/covidrelief #RuralElectric #USCongress #PowerOn

action.coop/covidrelief to learn more and take action!

“The economic health of electric co-ops is directly tied to the wellbeing of their local communities,” NRECA CEO Jim Matheson said. “As the economic impact of this pandemic spreads, electric co-ops will be increasingly challenged as they work to keep the lights on for hospitals, grocery stores, and millions of new home offices. Policymakers should be mindful of the economic threat facing rural communities and their electric cooperatives by taking steps to prevent the possibility of significant disruptions.”

#PowerOn

For electric cooperatives, the COVID-19 crisis is unique from other emergencies: NRECA chief

https://bit.ly/2JFt2lZ

“You have all these small towns that are basically (in trouble) because they can’t keep up in the world today…”

https://www.komu.com/news/rural-businesses-struggle-to-get-up-to-speed-on-high-speed-internet via KOMU 8 #RuralBroadbandNow #RuralElectric

The Colorado Rural Electric Association recently sat down with Ted Case, of Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association fame, to discuss his new book and the Cooperative Difference!

Q: So what should members know about their electric co-op?

A: That they have the ability to influence their co-op more than they ever imagined. Co-op board members that I know are really interested in hearing from folks and getting feedback. One person can really make a huge difference. When somebody shows up at a co-op annual meeting and has a point to make, the boards take it seriously. The co-op’s management takes it seriously. That’s the value. It’s pretty hard to get heard these days. But at a co-op, your voice makes a difference.

https://crea.coop/2017/09/01/qa-with-co-op-historian-ted-case/ #RuralElectric

Co-op Power Plants Secured Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: https://www.electric.coop/co-op-power-plants-secured-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/ #RuralElectric #ThankALineworker #PowerOn
The Wyoming Integrated Test Center hopes to become the next frontier for carbon capture sequestration and development.

https://bit.ly/39Mebke

NRECA is asking lawmakers to include federal loans, broadband, and disaster relief provisions in the next stimulus bill, including measures to increase the amount of lending available under the RUS Guaranteed Underwriter Program. It provides guarantees for loans made to co-ops by private cooperative banks such as the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC) and CoBank.

https://action.coop/covidrelief #P{owerOn #RuralElectric #USCongress

With your help, and that of Congress, many more rural Americans could be served with faster and more reliable broadband!

Learn more and take action: https://action.coop/covidrelief #RuralBroadbandNow #RuralElectric #USCongress #PowerOn

Minnesota utilities bracing for COVID-19 impact: http://strib.mn/3cboBfb

“There will be a cost to co-ops, and we’re trying to track that amount,” said Joyce Peppin, director of government affairs and general counsel for the Minnesota Rural Electric Association “The impact of unpaid bills and how long they can go in covering any arrearages, it depends on the economy and when people can get back to work.”

Learn more and take action at action.coop/covidrelief

Cotton Electric Cooperative, in Oklahoma, CEO Jennifer Meason says about 50% of the electricity they provide goes to businesses, mostly in agriculture and oil-and-gas.

“Over the past month, with COVID-19 and the pandemic, we’ve seen a 10% decrease” to those accounts, she said. “We’ve had requests from accounts to disconnect their service going forward, and these are accounts that we have served for decades. And we have been forewarned that others may follow due to the current state of the economy.

“Many of the members we serve have been laid off or furloughed,” Meason said, adding that the company has offered payment plans and has suspended shut-offs for non-payment.

“These are indeed challenging times for our members as well as the co-op itself,” – https://bit.ly/2SLE2mL

Learn more and take action at action.coop/covidrelief #PowerOn #RuralElectric

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative (in white, below) CEO Rick Olesen explains that his co-op serves many agricultural members, who are finding themselves in “unthinkable” situations.

The co-op expects to see a severe impact on revenue moving forward.

Learn more and ask Congress to take action: action.coop/covidrelief #PowerOn #RuralElectric #USCongress

#RuralElectric co-ops need Congress to step in and provide a safety net for those who are unable to pay electric bills.

Learn more and take action at action.coop/covidrelief #USCongress #PowerOn

“Great River Energy (GRE) has announced a historic decision to transform and modernize its electricity generation. On May 7, 2020, GRE publicized a plan that will lower costs for its member-owners and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Midwest and Minnesota. Sixty percent of the geography of Minnesota is served by Great River Energy’s member-owners .” – https://bit.ly/3cjAQpW

#RuralElectric Minnesota Rural Electric Association

“When the member-consumer hurts, our cooperatives hurt,” NDAREC EVP and GM Josh Kramer said.

Learn more and take action at action.coop/covidrelief #USCongress #PowerOn #RuralElectric

Electric cooperatives are standing up for rural America and we need YOUR help!

Learn more and take action: action.coop/covidrelief

‘Preparing for emergencies is something we do a lot. This one is a little different’

https://bit.ly/3dXzvGI NRECA #RuralElectric #PowerOn

2019 was a very busy year for wind power:

*2019 was the third strongest year ever for new wind addition and a 20% increase over 2018.
*Nearly 200 new wind projects are in the works.
*The US now has enough installed wind to power over 32 million homes.
*Fourth quarter 2019 was the fourth-strongest quarter on record.
Texas (3,936MW) and Iowa (1,737MW) are the country’s leaders in wind energy.
*Illinois (541 MW), South Dakota (506MW), and Kansas (475MW) came in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.
*Utilities and corporate customers signed a record 8,726MW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) in 2019.
*Walmart and AT&T were two of the top three wind buyers in 2019.
Baker Hughes, Estee Lauder, and McDonald’s bought wind for the first time.
*The pipeline of new wind projects under construction or in advanced development is 24% larger than it was in January 2019.
191 wind projects across 33 states are now in the works, or 44 gigawatts of capacity, which will be able to power another 15 million American homes.
*Offshore wind projects now account for 17% of the development pipeline, totaling 7,483MW.
*Virginia now has more advanced projects than any other state, due to Dominion Energy’s 2.6GW offshore project.

https://electrek.co/2020/01/31/egeb-us-9000-mw-wind-power-2019-rikers-island-william-and-mary-solar/ #RuralWind