rural electric cooperatives

Freeing Electric Cooperatives From Fossil Fuel Serfdom? Episode 33 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Originally published at Electric cooperatives arose from New Deal legislation that provided government-backed low-interest loans to bring electricity to rural areas that for-profit companies wouldn’t serve in the 1930s. They were engines of the rural economy. But today they face unique challenges, including a disproportionate reliance on coal-fired power, often … [continued]

Are Rural Electric Cooperatives Driving or Just Dabbling in Community Solar?

Originally published on This article was written by Nick Stumo-Langer, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance Energy Democracy initiative’s Communications & Research Associate. He regularly publishes articles and designs graphics based on local, renewable energy. Electric cooperatives — member-owned organizations that sell electricity to those within their service area — are perhaps the nation’s largest group … [continued]