Growing unemployment and declines in tourism, agriculture and oil prices are affecting co-ops.
Some co-op members are having trouble paying their electric bills after being laid off their jobs.
The impact on co-ops of lost electric sales and unpaid bills could total $10 billion through 2022.
The bill could help co-ops get broadband grants by showing which rural areas need service most.
Final bill doesn’t include provisions for co-ops to more easily begin carbon-capture programs.
Over 880 co-ops participate in the NRECA retirement plan, which covers more than 56,000 employees.
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If co-ops lose their tax-exempt status, leaders say they may be forced to raise rates for members.