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America's Electric CooperativesElectric cooperatives and their members are asking Congress to find a balanced solution to energy policy legislation, one that marries America’s tradition of developing cutting-edge technology with our fundamental respect for the land on which we live and the air in which we breathe.
The nation’s electric cooperatives are well positioned to have a leading voice about our energy needs because the electric cooperatives represent 40 million people in 47 states, which gives electric cooperatives and cooperative members credibility and power. Congress will listen to the voices of 40 million Americans.
As we work with Congress to make sure energy legislation is written responsibly, it’s important to remember what electric cooperatives in America already do. Many of America’s electric cooperatives are expanding their power portfolios to include renewable energy sources. According to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the trade association for country’s electric cooperatives, in 2007, electric cooperatives received 11 percent of their power from renewable sources.
Participating states currently include: