Leaders in Infrastructure

Electric co-ops are working to leverage the transformational potential of the bipartisan infrastructure package for the communities they serve.

Funding Opportunities for Co-ops

The bipartisan infrastructure law includes significant investment and funding opportunities for electric cooperatives and the communities they serve. Electric co-ops are eligible to apply for dozens of infrastructure funding programs, and they are working together to maximize the opportunity to leverage these funds for the benefit of local communities. As the national trade association for electric cooperatives, NRECA is leading the development of infrastructure resources and toolkits for co-ops and convening consortia to help co-ops collaborate and maximize effectiveness as they apply for federal infrastructure grants.

Consortium Approach:
Co-ops Are Stronger Together

Five specific co-op consortia have been established in the areas of:

Electric Vehicles | Microgrids | Natural Hazards
Smart Grids and Data | Cyber and Physical Security

These consortia were established in areas where many electric cooperatives are working toward similar opportunities and where collaboration provides an advantage in the pursuit of infrastructure funds.

NRECA’s approach to consortia is anchored in the recognition that electric co-ops are stronger together. Consortia members will pool resources, apply real-time learnings, and share data to create more compelling infrastructure funding applications.

Each consortium will have unique goals and entry requirements to maximize the value for co-op participants. While five consortia are being developed initially, there may be additional offerings as the infrastructure funding process comes into sharper focus.

Spotlight Feature

In a recent LiveWire episode, learn more about the wins secured in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for co-ops. Hear from NRECA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Hill Thomas about these opportunities, as well as from Bartholomew County REMC CEO Courtney Metzger, whose co-op hopes to use these funds for expanding EV programs.