The Farm Bill is critical legislation for rural America. In addition to provisions important to farming, trade, research, nutrition and conservation, it contains tools that help electric cooperatives perform some of our most basic functions.
Electric cooperative efforts to maintain grid reliability and ensure public safety include keeping power line rights-of-way clear of hazardous trees and vegetation, even along lines that cross federal lands to provide affordable electricity to rural Americans.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) reform is necessary to ensure this 40-year old statute more accurately reflects the current electricity market and helps rural electric cooperatives continue to provide affordable, reliable electricity.
NRECA supports EPA’s proposal to rescind the Clean Power Plan (CPP), and strongly encourages EPA to move purposefully to propose and finalize a replacement 111(d) rule consistent with the section’s regulatory history.