The electric industry is facing one of the most challenging and disruptive times in its history as changes in policy, energy markets and consumer expectations drive fundamental changes in how utilities generate and deliver electricity.
Electric cooperatives recognized this trend more than a decade ago and have been adding wind and solar to their generation portfolios as well as leading innovation in the development of microgrids and carbon capture and sequestration. Today, increasing social, economic and political pressure to accelerate the timeline for this transition is causing concern among electric co-ops and other utilities over how it will affect their ability to reliably and affordably provide electricity.
To delve into this important topic, we’re joined by Lisa Johnson, CEO and general manager of Seminole Electric Cooperative in Florida, and Pat O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives and its generation and transmission co-op, Buckeye Power.
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