“Cooperatives and Renewables” – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) represents over 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, public power districts, and public utility districts in the United States. NRECA’s numerous resources include national and state-level information and statistics on cooperatives and renewables, including these:

  • Currently, 95 percent of NRECA’s distribution members offer renewable options to 40 million Americans.
  • Including federal hydropower, co-ops own or purchase roughly 10 percent of U.S. renewable capacity.
  • Co-ops own more than 1.3 GW of renewable capacity and have long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for nearly 7.4 GW — in addition to roughly 10 GW of preference power contracts with federal hydroelectric facilities.
  • Co-ops plan to add more than 1 GW of additional renewable capacity over the next few years, with more announced every day.

Nebraska Cooperatives Using Solar & Wind

  • NRECA’s Interactive Map: Cooperative Solar Across the Country, shows that 443 cooperatives in 43 states utilize solar as a source of power. Nebraska ranks 20th among those states, with 8 co-ops using solar, following: Georgia (42), Minnesota (37), North Carolina (26), Tennessee (24), Colorado (23), Indiana (23), Iowa (22), Oklahoma (21), South Carolina (21), Wisconsin (19), Arkansas (18), New Mexico (16), Mississippi (14), Illinois (13) Texas (11), Virginia (11), Alabama (10), Florida (9), and Wyoming (9). Click here and scroll down to individual states’ information to see which Nebraska cooperatives are currently utilizing solar.
  • NRECA’s Interactive Map: Cooperative Wind Across the Country, shows that.564 cooperatives in 37 states use wind as a source of power. Nebraska ranks 5th among those states, with 30 co-ops utilizing wind, following Minnesota (44), Missouri (41), Indiana (38), and Iowa (31). Source: ” Click here and scroll down to individual states’ information, including a list of all 30 Nebraska cooperatives using wind.