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Electric co-ops serve consumers in some of the most difficult-to-reach areas of the country. Crossing rugged terrain and federal land presents challenges that co-ops can overcome, but some federal laws and regulations make it more difficult for co-ops to provide electricity in a safe, reliable, and affordable way.

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Where we stand

NRECA supports strong safety programs and is working with Congress to make changes in federal land-use laws to ensure that co-ops can continue to be a dependable source of electricity for rural communities. We appreciate Congress’s recognition that not-for-profit co-ops should be exempt from federal regulations governing pole attachments for broadband and cable services.

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Cooperatives and Businesses

Co-ops often run into costly delays when trying to maintain power lines that cross federal lands or the habitat of endangered species. Federal agencies must streamline the approval process that allows co-ops to trim trees and clear brush that reduces wildfire risk and maintains reliable electric service.

Communities

Co-ops provide affordable electricity to residents and businesses in sparsely populated rural areas. Burdensome federal regulations can unnecessarily hamper their ability to serve their consumer-members, many of whom earn low or moderate incomes.
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