The following are legislative issues currently being considered that could affect your cooperative. Find out what the issues are about and how your cooperative could be affected by them by clicking on them.
Cooperatives own and operate about 1,000 MW of renewable projects utilizing biomass, wind, solar, and small-scale hydro power. 750 rural electric systems, including Access Energy Cooperative offer green power to their members. We are doing everything we can to make renewable power a viable part of our energy mix, but there are very real hurdles to overcome before that 11% can become 15, 20, or 25% in coming years. Click here for full article.
A recent study examined the current grid serving the eastern half of the country against goals like the renewable energy standard. The study concluded that if the “U.S. wants to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable [resources] by 2024, … it would be necessary to build a new electricity circulatory system, including 15,000 circuit miles of extremely high voltage lines.” Such a system would cost up to $100 billion. Click here for full article.