The WREA works in tandem with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to advocate the cooperative business model among decision makers in Washington D.C. As federal legislators propose new laws and policies, the WREA and NRECA are ready to represent electric cooperatives’ priorities and inform member-consumers about the latest developments and debates.
Electric Industry Issues
Compared to other electric utilities, electric cooperatives differ in both ownership structure and purpose. As private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned businesses, they bring a consumer-oriented perspective on legislation and regulation affecting the wholesale energy market and other aspects of the electric industry.
In March of 2012, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu sent a memo to the federal Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) laying the groundwork for new policies, including new transmission policies that could alter the historic arrangement that has guaranteed affordable electric power for rural co-ops.
As Congress and the Administration work to create federal climate change policy, the nation’s demand for electric power is growing. America’s electric cooperatives are seeking a realistic policy that will protect their ability to provide reliable, affordable electric power.
The Cooperative Workplace and Workforce
Nationwide, cooperatives employ more than 70,000 workers. Electric cooperatives are committed to protecting their safety and long-term well-being.
Electric cooperatives advocate common sense public policies on air quality, water, and land resources that balance environmental stewardship with our need for energy to power the nation’s economy.
Fuels and Other Resources
Electric cooperatives use a wide range of fuels to generate electric power. This diversity—including the “fifth fuel,” energy efficiency—helps maintain a reliable and affordable electric supply for member-consumers by ensuring that regionally plentiful resources can be utilized.