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Energy Policy Issues

Rural electric consumer-members are affected by the policies and regulations decided upon by legislators in Jefferson City and in Washington, D.C. As an advocate for your interests, your co-op monitors legislative activity carefully. Because of our statewide and national associations, you have knowledgeable advocates watching out for your interests. Most activities emphasize the competitiveness of cooperative electric utilities; other efforts are directed toward reducing member system costs, or at least ensuring that costs are not increased because of regulatory, legislative or legal developments. Particular areas of concern include:

Reliability

With growing demand for electricity, electric cooperatives take an all-of-the-above approach to generating electric power, using a wide range of fuels. That approach helps co-ops keep electricity reliable and affordable. Energy efficiency is also a key part of meeting the growing electricity demand, and it helps keep members' electric bills low.

Affordability

Because they are owned by their consumers, cooperatives focus on keeping your electric bills affordable while making fiscally responsible investments in your electric system. Electric co-ops support common sense energy policies that balance the need to keep electric bills affordable with the need to provide reliable and environmentally responsible electricity.

Environmental Responsibility

You might not notice it when you flip on the lights, but electric cooperatives are deploying new technologies that are improving the efficiency of your electric system. New technologies help co-ops not only provide power in an environmentally responsible manner but also help keep electricity affordable and reliable.

The Cooperative Difference

America's consumer-owned electric cooperatives are leaders in rural economic development and work to make co-ops and the communities they serve stronger.

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