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CO-OP Issues

Affordable Electricity Introduction

The price of energy is an issue that affects all Americans, and is a key topic of discussion this election season. Whoever wins will ultimately have a major role in developing policies that determine how safe, affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible America’s energy production is for years to come.

Before heading to the polls this fall, carefully review the energy proposals of each candidate. Consider which plans will ensure continued access to affordable electricity for you and your family.

 

Renewables

America's electric cooperatives are committed to delivering affordable electricity so consumers can power their homes, businesses and schools without breaking the bank. Part of this commitment includes using innovative and diverse sources of power.

 

Electric co-ops are preparing for America's energy future by investing in renewable generation sources that are easier to maintain and provide less expensive electricity for the consumer. As the cost of solar power continues to decline, electric co-ops across the nation are installing new solar farms. Use of hydropower and geothermal energy sources are also increasing among America's electric co-ops. These local, renewable sources of energy are both sustainable and becoming more affordable every day. They will play an important role in keeping energy prices low for rural Americans in the coming years.

 

This fall, ask your candidates about their commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes renewable resources.

 

Economic Development: Introduction

Nearly 60 million people call rural America home. They often face unique economic challenges, which stunt the growth of rural economies. But the 2016 election gives us the opportunity to make these economic development issues a priority when we head to the polls to vote for our elected officials.

 

Broadband Access

The widespread introduction of electricity revolutionized Rural America in the 1940s. The future of rural economies depends on their ability to keep up with today's global economy. Broadband internet has the same transformative potential for rural communities. With the right state and federal policies, this technology can become available to all rural Americans, allowing rural families and businesses to communicate in new and faster ways. This will mean more competitive businesses, better education systems and more efficient health care delivery.

 

Waters of the U.S.

A recent federal government regulation threatens to place burdensome regulations on rural businesses while doing nothing to strengthen protection of our resources. The rule, called "Waters of the U.S.," or WOTUS, would expand federal regulation to include ditches and other insignificant bodies of water. This expansion will lead to a red-tape nightmare for families, businesses, and electric cooperatives that own and work on those sites. Fortunately, WOTUS has been temporarily delayed by the courts. It is up to our elected leaders to permanently halt its implementation. This election season, consider whether your elected official will make stopping WOTUS a priority when heading to the voting booth.

 

Cybersecurity

Over the last decade, cybersecurity has gone from a far-away threat to a daily occurrence in America. Today, it is a top issue for rural Americans and those who provide power to their homes. Each year, thousands of hackers test our cyber defenses, as they seek out personal information like social security and bank account numbers. Some of these hackers even look to disrupt the power grid. As rural electric consumers, it is critical we ensure our state and national leaders understand this issue and are work to strengthen our defenses. A strong cybersecurity policy will not only protect our personal information, but will also help us keep the lights on.