71 episodes

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's podcast is focused on the important stories from across co-op country about the issues that matter most to rural America and the energy industry.

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    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's podcast is focused on the important stories from across co-op country about the issues that matter most to rural America and the energy industry.

    All Eyes on the 2024 Hurricane Season

    All Eyes on the 2024 Hurricane Season

    The 2024 hurricane season could be especially challenging for electric co-ops and their members. NOAA is predicting above-normal Atlantic hurricane activity with up to 25 named storms—a record high for its May forecast. Learn more from Matt Rosencrans, lead hurricane outlook forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and hear from Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative General Manager Mike Heinen about his co-op’s efforts to strengthen its system against hurricane damage.

    • 26 min
    Immediate, Irreparable Harm: The Impacts of EPA's Power Plant Rule

    Immediate, Irreparable Harm: The Impacts of EPA's Power Plant Rule

    The EPA recently finalized its new rule to aggressively cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants—a sweeping move that NRECA CEO Jim Matheson called “unlawful, unrealistic and unachievable." Critics across the industry have decried the regulation as a threat to reliability at a time when an already-stressed grid faces soaring demand. Hear from NRECA's Ashley Slater and Minnkota Power Cooperative's Mac McLennan about the rule, its impacts and how co-ops are working to reverse it.

    • 26 min
    In the Blink of an Eye—Devastating Incident Becomes Teaching Tool

    In the Blink of an Eye—Devastating Incident Becomes Teaching Tool

    In 2021, Branden Bauer was working at United Electric in Pennsylvania as a journeyman lineman with nearly 10 years of experience. During a system improvement project, he made contact with a live conductor that he'd mistakenly thought was a neutral and suffered devastating injuries. Hear from Branden and his wife, Caitlin, about how he's made a mission of telling his story in the hope that it’ll help others. Graphic content warning: Contains detailed descriptions of high-voltage contact injuries.

    • 27 min
    Lower Snake River Dams Deal Threatens Reliability in Northwest

    Lower Snake River Dams Deal Threatens Reliability in Northwest

    A long-simmering dispute over the Lower Snake River dams burst onto the headlines in November with news of a backroom deal between the Biden administration and plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Bonneville Power Administration and other agencies that manage the dams. The deal has raised fears about the possibility of breaching the dams and compromising the availability of reliable, carbon-free electricity. Hear from NRECA's Louis Finkel and Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative's Bryan Case.

    • 28 min
    Lessons in Succession Planning From a Small Co-op

    Lessons in Succession Planning From a Small Co-op

    The electric utility industry is in the midst of a “skills and people shortage,” brought on by a steady stream of senior leaders reaching retirement age, a marked increase in non-retirement turnover and an evolution toward more advanced technologies that’s making it more difficult to find qualified employees. Electric co-ops are responding with creative initiatives on succession planning and employee development. Learn more from NRECA's Delaine Orendorff and Wells Rural Electric's Clay Fitch.

    • 28 min
    What the AI Revolution Means for Electric Co-ops

    What the AI Revolution Means for Electric Co-ops

    Artificial intelligence is poised to have a rapidly expanding impact on many facets of our lives—and the power industry is at the tip of the spear. How are electric co-ops already using AI, and how will it shape and change the way we approach operations, member services and our workplace culture in the years to come? Hear from Mike Walsh, a futurist, author and the founder and CEO of the consulting firm Tomorrow as well as a keynote speaker for NRECA's 2024 PowerXchange and TechAdvantage.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Line-Horse ,

Outstanding!

Exceptional podcast. Thank you for taking the time to bring this to the coop community.

Clayton Reidhead - Navopache Electric Cooperative - Lakeside Arizona

casual critic 16 ,

One-sided analysis

No surprise that NRECA is a fairly conservative organization, but pretty disappointed in recent episodes being entirely one-sided discussions against renewables.

Ct1234567zest ,

Really great information

Nice job describing all the things going on with our grid!

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