The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives in the United States.

As the national service organization that represents America’s electric cooperatives, NRECA works to empower electric cooperatives and to help ensure their long-term success in a number of ways:

  • Amplifying the voice of America’s electric cooperatives and their consumer-members in Washington, D.C.
  • Working with elected officials to keep electricity safe, reliable and affordable.
  • Helping the employees of electric cooperatives learn and grow professionally.
  • Promoting the cooperative business model and the benefits of co-op membership.
  • Researching and communicating with NRECA voting members regarding legal tax, environmental and other issues.
  • Spearheading programs to strengthen co-ops and their communities, such as advocacy campaigns and workforce development initiatives.

False claims that electric cooperatives were hoarding copper wire during World War II brought cooperative leaders from different states together to defend themselves. As a result, in 1942, America’s electric cooperatives formed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to provide a unified voice for cooperatives and to represent their interests in Washington, DC.

Today, NRECA represents more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, public power districts, and public utility districts in the United States. The Arlington, Va. -based national service organization oversees cooperative employee benefits plans; carries out federal government relations activities like lobbying; conducts management and director training; and spearheads communications, advocacy, and public relations initiatives. In addition, it coordinates national and regional conferences and seminars; offers member cooperatives advice on tax, legal, environmental, and engineering matters; and performs economic and technical research.

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