Coal Combustion Residuals Legislation

Background: Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) are byproducts of burning pulverized coal for generating electricity and are used beneficially in a variety of applications including the manufacture of concrete, drywall and other construction products. With approximately forty percent of CCRs being recycled, beneficial use has become an important sector of the economy providing jobs while providing environmental benefits.

Support the Ratepayer Protection Act

Issue: EPA’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” will fundamentally change how electricity is generated, distributed, and consumed in the United States. The plan proposes significant reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants, and is based on section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (a provision which has only rarely been used since the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments were adopted a generation ago).

Waters of the US (WOTUS)

Issue: NRECA has significant concerns with the rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to revise the definition of Waters of the United States under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule would dramatically expand the Corps’ and EPA’s regulatory reach by including isolated ponds, puddles, ditches and other areas that only rarely have water, dramatically expanding the land subject to federal regulation.


NEC has learned of an incident where an individual claimed to work for the power company and took advantage of a citizen. Apparently, there were two individuals who told the person they had a question about the right-of-way. One of the men occupied the homeowner outside asking questions while the other went inside the home and stole personal property.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Score Above the Rest

On May 11, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) announced, “Energy utilities face serious challenges as customer satisfaction drops 3.2 percent.”

With an ACSI score of 71.9 on a scale of 0 to 100, the energy utilities sector dropped again for the third straight year. On a positive note that speaks to the cooperative difference and value of membership, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives remain the highest rated utility group.