(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today applauded Senate passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), which includes several provisions beneficial to America’s electric co-ops.
NRECA expressed appreciation to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) for guiding the bill through the Senate.
“The bill includes a number of provisions that support America’s electric co-ops in their mission to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to their 42 million consumer members,” said NRECA Interim CEO Jeffrey Connor. “The bill will help speed infrastructure development, promote reliability of the electric grid, and facilitate renewable hydropower development.”
S. 2012 was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last July and must now be reconciled with the House-passed North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 (H.R. 8). The House cleared the measure last December by a vote of 249-174.
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.