Meteorologists Warn of Another Active Hurricane Season This Year

Researchers at Colorado State University are predicting a more active hurricane season than normal this year for the Atlantic Basin with 17 named storms, including eight reaching hurricane strength and four developing into major hurricanes. But the early forecast falls short of last year’s unusually…

From Haiti to Texas: Apprentice Lineworker Thrives at Electric Co-op

When electricity came to Cahess, Haiti, in 2013, Gimps Louis-Charles bought a DVD player and invited 40 people to his home to watch movies. “It was a happy moment for me and everyone in my community,” said Louis-Charles, 31, a contract groundworker for NRECA International at the…

President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan: What Electric Co-ops Need to Know

President Joe Biden has announced a sweeping $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan that would affect electric cooperatives by increasing investment in broadband and electric vehicles, strengthening grid resiliency and dramatically reducing carbon dioxide emissions. A key provision would make not-for-profit electric co-ops eligible for…

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) extended through April 15th

Community Action Agencies across Kentucky have extended the enrollment period for the Crisis Component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications for the Crisis Component will now be accepted through April 15, 2021, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve…

The last mile

Though the concept of serving “the last mile” is often spoken in the relatively new challenge of delivering high-speed internet to rural Kentucky, electric cooperatives have embraced “the last mile” for generations, and to this day. Not-for-profit electric co-ops are led by, belong to and were…

COVID-19 Relief Passed by Congress Helps Co-op Members

Congress has approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that could help struggling electric cooperative consumer-members pay their electric bills. The American Rescue Plan Act provides an additional $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The money, available through September 2022, helps…

House Bill 320 approved: opens broadband to co-ops

In a significant win for the electric cooperative program in Kentucky, the General Assembly approved legislation Tuesday that allows regulated electric cooperatives to add broadband service, and earmarks $250 million in federal funding to encourage broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas. The bill now…

Co-ops urge lawmakers to vote NO on ‘pole tax’

To protect co-op consumer-members, Kentucky's electric cooperatives are urging lawmakers to vote down any attempts to tack broadband costs onto the electric bills of local ratepayers. Some for-profit telecommunications companies are behind an effort to pass along the “pole attachment” costs of broadband expansion to…

Rural Kentucky pins broadband hopes on House Bill 320

Rural Kentucky’s long and frustrating wait for high-speed internet broadband service may soon get an historic boost. With an overwhelming and bipartisan 91-4 vote on Wednesday, the Kentucky House approved legislation that allocates $250 million for broadband expansion and allows electric cooperatives to add broadband…