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Co-ops and the 2016 Congress

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: February 1st, 2016

Coming off a successful 2015, electric co-ops hope to make more inroads in Congress in 2016. But in an era of political polarization and with a presidential race at stake, it won’t be easy task, as Kirk Johnson, NRECA senior vice president of government relations, explains. Read more

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Iowa Co-op Extends Safety to Families

Published: February 5th, 2016

Artwork with a safety touch is now adorning the walls of Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative. Emblazoned with the words “Safety Matters,” the banners bear signatures of family members of the 61 employees at the Anamosa, Iowa,... Read more

Business & Finance

Weekly Fuel Price Watch

Published: February 5th, 2016

Here is the weekly update for key fuel prices that affect rural electric co-ops. In some cases, these represent averages across the country or in particular regions, and might differ from local market prices. Read more

Business & Finance

Yellowstone Area Co-ops Mull Merger

Published: February 4th, 2016

Two electric cooperatives serving the greater Yellowstone area are considering a merger that officials say could save about $4 million per year. Afton, Wyo.-based Lower Valley Energy and Ashton, Idaho.-based Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative boards... Read more

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Co-ops Chills Out for Special Olympics

Published: February 4th, 2016

Nearly a dozen staffers of Craighead Electric Cooperative donned red flannel long johns and cheerfully plunged into the chilly swimming lake at Arkansas’ Crowley Ridge State Park to support a worthy cause. “We do this every... Read more

Environmental Stewardship

Bat Rule Flexible for Co-ops

Published: February 3rd, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s final rule to protect the northern long-eared bat will allow electric cooperatives to keep rights of way clear of hazardous trees, even in areas where the species faces a life-threatening... Read more

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