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EPA Extends Comment Period

By Cathy Cash | ECT Staff Writer Published: September 21st, 2014

NRECA, electric cooperatives and their members have an extra 45 days to get their messages to the Environmental Protection Agency about its proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Public comments are now due to the agency Dec. 1 on its proposed carbon dioxide standard for fossil generation. NRECA, along with multiple... Read more

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Co-op News

Co-op Horsepower Does Cable Job

Published: September 23rd, 2014

More than a century after draft horses helped build telegraph lines through the Ozarks, the animals are being used by a Missouri electric cooperative to install fiber optic cable. “Horses were an ideal choice for this... Read more

Preparedness, Regional Meetings

Co-ops Prepare for Risky Business

Published: September 23rd, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS—What was an orange, four-foot-high Socker Boppers toy doing on the stage at the NRECA Regions 1 & 4 meeting? Answer: It’s resilient, bouncing back from everything that gets thrown at it, not unlike electric cooperatives.... Read more


Senate Panel Backs Rail Reform Bill

Published: September 23rd, 2014

The Senate Commerce Committee has cleared a bill that supporters say will give freight railroad customers a better opportunity to contest industry practices. By a unanimous voice vote Sept. 17, the panel sent the Surface Transportation... Read more

Copper Theft

Copper Thieves Cut Co-op Poles

Published: September 22nd, 2014

Copper thieves have come up with a new and costly way to get what they want from an Illinois electric cooperative: cutting down poles. “It began with just a couple of isolated poles, and then it... Read more

Editor's Pick, Local Initiatives

N.C. Co-op Helps Revive Local News

Published: September 22nd, 2014

When a local hospital announced it would close, folks in one struggling North Carolina community figured the local newspaper would be the next thing to go. Two months after the hospital’s announcement, the Beaufort-Hyde News, a... Read more

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