NRECA Encouraged by Senate Support of Energy Bill Conference

July 12, 2016—The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today applauded the Senate’s decision to conference with the House to hammer out differences between the two chambers on an energy bill.

“We’re encouraged that House and Senate lawmakers are serious about trying to produce the first update to our energy policy in nearly a decade,” said NRECA Interim CEO Jeffrey Connor.

“America’s electric cooperatives support efforts to modernize our nation’s energy policy, and we urge the conference committee to develop legislation to speed electricity infrastructure development, promote electric grid reliability and keep electricity affordable for all Americans.”

The Senate passed its Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) in April. The House originally approved the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 8) in December 2015, but adopted additional provisions in May.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.