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Rail Reform Clears Senate Panel

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: March 30th, 2015

A bill that shippers say would help level a playing field tilted in favor of freight railroad giants is headed to the Senate floor. By voice vote, the Senate Commerce Committee approved a measure March 25 that would expand the Surface Transportation Board, which oversees the rail industry, from three members to five. The Surface... Read more

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Co-op News

Co-op Rescue Effort Has Somber End

Published: March 31st, 2015

Not a day goes by when Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s Nick Barta doesn’t think about the elderly man whose life he tried to save. “I still ask myself, ‘Did I do enough? Could I have done something... Read more

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Rain Can’t Dampen Lineman’s Rodeo

Published: March 31st, 2015

RUTHER GLEN, Va.—Try as she might, Mother Nature can’t vanquish electric cooperative linemen—even on their day off. Despite piercing rain and eye-watering cold, a record number of lineman showed up to put their skills on display... Read more

Co-op News

Former RUS Leader Wally Beyer Dies

Published: March 30th, 2015

Wally Beyer, who championed rural electric cooperatives in North Dakota as an engineer and co-op CEO, and later helped guide rural economic development as Rural Utilities Service administrator, died March 27. He was 84. Beyer was... Read more

Legislation

Water Heater Bill Clears Senate

Published: March 30th, 2015

Electric cooperatives captured a key victory when the Senate cleared long-awaited legislation to sustain grid-enabled water heaters that are critical to energy-saving demand response programs. “This legislation is a huge win for co-ops across the country... Read more

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Paratroopers Rescued by N.C. Co-op

Published: March 30th, 2015

You might be surprised if headquarters said to drive your bucket truck to the woods to help rescue a pair of paratroopers. But to Lumbee River EMC veterans Derek Owens and George Huggins, it’s old hat.... Read more

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