COVID-19: The Electric Co-op Response

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States, electric cooperatives around the country are working to protect their employees and support the communities they serve. NRECA is monitoring the co-op response and keeping readers up-to-date with relevant news and information.

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• Co-ops Join TVA, CoBank to Help Feed Hungry Families During Pandemic
• Potato Farmers Served by Electric Co-ops Face COVID-19 Challenges
• First Person: ‘You Can’t Social Distance on a Bus,’ Says Youth Tour Leader
• EIA: Pandemic Continues to Lower Energy Demand From Commercial Sector (
• First Person: ‘You Feel Like You’re on an Island’ Says Kentucky Co-op Rep
• Florida Co-op Members’ Homemade Masks, Support ‘Really Makes a Difference’
• First Person: ‘Members Will Remember That Their Electric Co-ops Stepped Up’
• S.C. Co-op Members ‘Give 5’ for Struggling Families During Pandemic
• First Person: Ohio Lineworker Adjusts to COVID-19 Changes
• Co-op Voices, Part 2: The Expanding Financial Toll of the COVID-19 Pandemic


• NRECA 2020 Safety Leadership Summit Goes Virtual Amid Pandemic (
• Pandemic Has ‘Decimated Economic Confidence’ in Rural America, Index Finds (
• Electric Cooperatives Expand Remote Operations to Serve Members During Pandemic (
• Co-ops Find Creative Ways to Celebrate High School Grads Amid Pandemic
• Podcast: Co-op Communications in Times of Crisis
• Co-op Voices: The Expanding Financial Toll of the COVID-19 Pandemic
• COVID-19 Concerns Fuel Uncertainty for Farmers, Ranchers in Co-op Country
• Electric Cooperatives Expand Remote Operations to Serve Members During Pandemic (
• EIA: COVID-19 Continues to Transform Energy Supply and Demand Patterns (
• Electric Co-ops Resume Lobby Operations with COVID-19 Precautions in Place (
• Scrap Wire From North Carolina Electric Co-op Used in COVID-19 Face Masks
• Grid Operating Safely During Unprecedented Threats from COVID-19, NERC Says (
• NRECA Event Cancellation Insurance Proves Crucial in Pandemic (
• Co-op Crews Confront COVID-19, Flooding to Get Power to Arkansas Families
• Co-ops Find Creative Ways to Get Crucial Safety Supplies During COVID-19 (


• Wisconsin Co-op Holds Drive-In Meeting to Keep Members Safe During Pandemic
• Electric Co-ops’ Pandemic Safety Procedures Will Become New Normal (
• Photo Gallery: COVID-19 Co-op Response
• Co-ops Use DIY Videos to Promote Energy Efficiency During Pandemic
• Electric Co-ops Face $10 Billion Revenue Loss by 2022 Due to COVID-19
• Congress Approves $320 Billion More in COVID-19 Aid That Could Help Co-ops
• ‘A Blessing’: Co-ops Deliver Free Public WiFi Hotspots During COVID-19
• Podcast: Keeping Crews and Members Safe, Powered and Connected During the Pandemic
• New COVID-19 Standards for Mutual Assistance Pass Extreme Test in Mississippi (
• Now Online From Touchstone Energy: COVID-19 Radio, Social Media Ads for All Co-ops (
• USDA Launches Guide to Rural Aid Available During COVID-19 Pandemic (
• Commercial, Industrial Electricity Sales Will Fall Amid Pandemic, EIA Predicts (
• Co-op-Served Plant Surges to Provide N-95 Masks to Aid COVID-19 Response
• Co-ops, Restaurants Partner Up to Provide Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic
• Co-ops Provide Financial Relief to Members During Pandemic
• NRECA Seeks Federal Relief for Co-ops as Members Struggle to Pay Bills
• SBA Relief Available to Co-ops, Small Businesses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (
• Amid Pandemic Shortages, Co-op Partners With Distillery to Produce Hand Cleanser
• Co-ops Offer Educational Ideas for Parents Juggling Kids, Telework During Pandemic


• Co-op Speeds Broadband Connection to Clinic for COVID-19 Testing
• Lineworkers Electrify Guatemalan Villages as Coronavirus Closes Border
• Co-op Broadband Providers Pledge to Sustain Low-Income Service
• Co-op Aid Included in Coronavirus Relief Bill
• Co-op Crews Face Challenges During Coronavirus Pandemic
• Co-op Power Plants Secured Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
• COVID-19 Threat Triggers Nationwide Co-op Response
• Co-ops Turn to Online Communities to Help One Another (
• Logistics and Supply Co-ops Beef Up Equipment Stock for COVID-19 Impacts (
• Co-ops Respond to COVID-19: A Q&A With NRECA’s Jeffrey Connor (

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See NRECA’s COVID-19 hub on for key resources for co-ops, including guidance on business continuity planning and communication, as well as event schedule changes.