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 Data Is Revolutionizing the Electric Utility Industry
The proliferation of sensors and other downline devices means electric cooperatives now have access to mountains of system data. During the 2020 NRECA TechAdvantage Conference and Expo, NRECA's Venkat Banunarayanan and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative's John Hewa discussed how co-ops are using that data to improve reliability, plan for the future and better serve their members. This episode is sponsored by IPKeys.
Heroic Co-op Employees Go Above and Beyond
In celebration of National Co-op Month, we talk to electric cooperative employees whose routine workdays turned into lifesaving rescue missions as they came to the aid of community members. Crew members describe rescuing a woman trapped in a flooded creek in Tennessee, pulling two men from a fiery armored truck crash in Missouri, and saving an older resident from his burning Mississippi home. This episode is sponsored by Hubbell.
What Is the Beneficial Electrification League?
The beneficial electrification movement—using electricity to replace fossil fuels for everything from mowing your lawn to powering your car—has gained momentum and led to the formation of the Beneficial Electrification League. The league's co-chair, Gary Connett, formerly of Great River Energy, and Tri-State G&T CEO Duane Highley, who heads its Colorado chapter, chat with us about their goals for the group and how co-ops are getting involved. This episode is sponsored by NRTC.
How Co-ops Work With Federal Partners to Mitigate Wildfire Risks
Electric cooperatives reduce wildfire risk by maintaining rights of way and keeping equipment up to date, but their efforts are often complicated by the need to coordinate with multiple government agencies that oversee federal lands. We talk to NRECA's Janelle Lemen, Central Electric Cooperative CEO Dave Markham and the U.S. Forest Service's Jim Menakis about how these partnerships work and how they plan to make them better.
Engaging Co-op Members in the 2020 Election: Part Two
As local and national campaigns gear up across the country, electric cooperatives work to ensure their consumer-members are informed of the issues that matter most to rural communities and have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the polls. In part two, Stephanie Johnson of Jasper County REMC in Indiana describes what these efforts look like on the ground in her rural service territory. This episode is sponsored by Sensus.
Engaging Co-op Members in the 2020 Election: Part One
As local and national campaigns gear up across the country, electric cooperatives work to ensure their consumer-members are informed of the issues that matter most to rural communities and have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the polls. In this two-part episode, we talk first to NRECA's Laura Vogel and Nonprofit Vote's Brian Miller about national initiatives and resources for co-ops and possible changes to the election process.
This episode is sponsored by Hubbell.
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Exceptional podcast. Thank you for taking the time to bring this to the coop community.
Clayton Reidhead - Navopache Electric Cooperative - Lakeside Arizona
Really great information
Nice job describing all the things going on with our grid!
Looking forward to listening to the next episodes!