Co-ops are committed to meeting environmental requirements, but policies that needlessly increase costs have a dramatic impact on those who can least afford it, particularly in poor rural areas. Higher power costs also hurt businesses, causing job losses and slowing economic development.
Environmental laws affect nearly every aspect of co-op operations, from trimming trees near power lines to fueling power plants. Federal policies should recognize the crucial role that co-ops play in bringing clean, reliable, affordable power to rural businesses and households.
NRECA believes that environmental, wildlife and land-management policies should encourage flexible, local approaches rather than imposing costly rules that discourage innovation. We favor policies that rely more on providing incentives and encouraging voluntary conservation efforts.