NRECA Statement on Nomination of Gov. Rick Perry for Energy Secretary

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today issued the following statement regarding President-elect Trump’s selection of Texas Gov. Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.

“America’s electric cooperatives work closely with the Department of Energy, and we congratulate Gov. Rick Perry on his selection to lead the Department,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “It’s crucial that the Energy Secretary understand the opportunities and challenges facing co-ops as we work to ensure continued access to safe, affordable, and reliable power for 42 million Americans.  We value DOE as an important partner in our pursuit of innovative solutions to our nation’s energy challenges—particularly in the areas of cybersecurity, carbon capture, renewable energy, and the development of electric utility infrastructure. We look forward to working with Gov. Perry, once confirmed, to meet the energy challenges of the future.”

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.