rural electric cooperatives

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

Originally published at ilsr.org. 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 ilsr.org. 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]