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National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Biography

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“The ability of the United States to meet the electricity needs of American consumers reliably and at an affordable cost is seriously at risk. Even assuming large investments in efficiency, electricity demand will continue to grow to meet the needs of 45 million new Americans by 2020 with 30 million more expected, totaling 75 million, by 2030. Without the near-term ability to build coal-based plants and with the unavailability of new nuclear plants, much of the new capacity – even with substantial new renewable capacity investments – will have to be fueled by natural gas that will come increasingly from off-shore sources.”

“Electricity Capacity: Stressed Over the Next Decade,” (accessed Oct. 26, 2009)


“The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve. The NRECA Board of Directors oversees the association’s activities and consists of 47 members, one from each state in which there is an electric distribution cooperative. The chief spokesman for the nation’s electric cooperatives is NRECA Chief Executive Officer Glenn English.

Founded in 1942, NRECA was organized specifically to overcome World War II shortages of electric construction materials, to obtain insurance coverage for newly constructed rural electric cooperatives, and to mitigate wholesale power problems. Since those early days, NRECA has been an advocate for consumer-owned cooperatives on energy and operational issues as well as rural community and economic development.

NRECA’s more than 900 member cooperatives serve 42 million people in 47 states. Most of the 864 distribution systems are consumer-owned cooperatives; some are public power districts. NRECA membership includes other organizations formed by these local utilities: generation and transmission cooperatives for power supply, statewide and regional trade and service associations, supply and manufacturing cooperatives, data processing cooperatives and employee credit unions. Associate membership is open to equipment manufacturers and distributors, wholesalers, consultants and other entities that do business with members of the electric cooperative network.”

“NRECA Overview,” (accessed Oct. 26, 2009)


“The association provides national leadership and member assistance through legislative representation before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch; representation in legal and regulatory proceedings affecting electric service and the environment; communication; education and consulting for cooperative directors, managers and employees; energy, environmental, and information research and technology; training and conferences; and insurance, employee benefits and financial services.”

“What We Do,” (accessed Oct. 26, 2009)

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