NRECA CEO Jim Matheson To Discuss Electric Co-op Broadband, Energy Innovation at Bloomberg Event

WASHINGTON – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson on November 14 will discuss areas where electric cooperatives are innovating in energy and broadband technology. Matheson will be featured at Bloomberg Government’s “Next.2018” conference, which is designed to create new connections and bridge gaps between American innovators and Washington’s ideas and influence community.

Electric cooperatives are transforming their business models and member-consumer offerings in the rapidly changing electric sector and in the deployment of broadband in rural communities. During a Q&A session beginning at 1:45 p.m. on November 14, Matheson will discuss steps that co-ops are taking to integrate emerging technology such as microgrids, storage and electric vehicle infrastructure into their systems as well as the life-changing role many electric co-ops are playing to provide broadband to unserved and underserved communities.

More than 900 electric co-ops have been built by and are led by the communities they serve, and they are uniquely positioned to meet the energy and other needs of those communities in 47 states.

The conference takes place one week after the mid-term elections and will address election outcomes and policy outlooks across a range of technology-focused issues. NRECA is one of the event’s sponsors.

  • WHO: Jim Matheson, NRECA’s chief executive officer
  • WHEN: 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • WHERE: The Intercontinental, The Wharf, 80 Wharf Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20024

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The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.