By Michael W. Kahn
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Strong showings from electric cooperatives, as well as greater satisfaction among all electric consumers, are among the highlights of a new J.D. Power report. The firm’s 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study shows several co-ops with top-of-the-chart scores besting many investor-owned and municipal utilities. Read more here.
- Electric cooperatives across the country are actively expanding their future portfolios to include an array of renewable energy
- Currently, 95% of NRECA’s distribution members offer renewable options to 40 million Americans
- Co-ops own nearly 1.3 GW of renewable capacity and have long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for more than 7.3 GW – in addition to roughly 10 GW of preference power contracts with federal hydroelectric facilities.
- By the end of 2017, the total solar energy capacity of America’s electric cooperatives will be five times what it was two years ago.
- This year, co-ops are on pace to add 480 MW of solar, which would bring their total capacity to 872 MW. This more than quadruples the 180 MW reached in 2015 and represents a 20-fold increase over the 37 MW capacity in 2010.
- In addition, over the last two years, cooperatives have expanded their solar footprint from 34 states to 44 states.
- 133 cooperatives in 30 states offer community solar programs