50 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 • 33 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.

    How Co-ops Are Meeting Evolving Member Expectations

    How Co-ops Are Meeting Evolving Member Expectations

    The advent of more engaged and empowered consumer-members is driving broad changes in the way electric co-ops do business and how they communicate about the services they offer. Hear from two co-op leaders who work closely with the co-ops in their states to help them keep up with member expectations: Nelle Hotchkiss of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and Lisa Johnson of Seminole Electric Cooperative in Florida.

    • 22 min
    'Perfect Storm' of Supply Shortages—The Causes and the Co-op Response

    'Perfect Storm' of Supply Shortages—The Causes and the Co-op Response

    The ongoing global supply chain crisis has spurred double-digit inflation, frustrated companies and consumers and driven the U.S. economy to the brink of recession. Electric co-ops are feeling the brunt of the impact, facing unprecedented challenges in procuring key grid components like transformers, conductor and power poles. How are co-ops leading the industry in managing this supply crunch? Hear from Arkansas co-op leader Buddy Hasten and NRECA's Martha Duggan.

    • 24 min
    Introducing NRECA Broadband

    Introducing NRECA Broadband

    More than 200 electric cooperatives already provide broadband, and co-ops' role in this space is poised to become more prominent amid new government funding and an unprecedented resolve in the wake of the pandemic to close the digital divide. NRECA Broadband, a new service tier launched this summer, will leverage NRECA’s expertise, influence and reputation in helping co-ops enter the telecommunications sector. Learn more from NRECA CEO Jim Matheson and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Connor.

    • 25 min
    Co-ops Play Leading Role in Community Revitalization

    Co-ops Play Leading Role in Community Revitalization

    As many rural areas have suffered population loss and stagnating economic growth, electric co-ops have stepped up to try to reverse this trend through broad community development efforts. Hear from Touchstone Energy® Cooperative Executive Director Jana Adams, Erica Shehane of Lynches River Electric Cooperative in South Carolina and Dan Boysel of Consolidated Cooperative in Ohio on co-ops’ efforts to bring vitality and growth back to the regions they serve

    • 24 min
    ‘Super-Power’: The Impact of Hydroelectric Dams

    ‘Super-Power’: The Impact of Hydroelectric Dams

    Hydropower plants are marvels of engineering that have helped bring development and prosperity to the regions they serve. But they're also in the crosshairs of interest groups that say they should be closed because of their environmental impacts and others who want to sell the facilities to private industry. Learn more from three hydropower experts: Kurt Miller of Northwest RiverPartners, Benton REA's Troy Berglund and NRECA's Ashley Slater.

    • 26 min
    Utility Drones 101

    Utility Drones 101

    Electric cooperatives, whose rugged territories and unique operational needs are ideally suited to the capabilities of drones, are leading the way as unmanned aircraft take on a heightened role in the utility industry. Hear from NRECA's Stan McHann and Sangre de Cristo Electric Association's Bill Hovanec about how co-ops are pushing the limits of drones and where this promising technology is heading.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 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

Ct1234567zest ,

Really great information

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

KristiLee17 ,

Great job!

Looking forward to listening to the next episodes!

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