cooperatives

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute has released a new report exploring how electrification is helping rural electric cooperatives to decarbonise their power grid. 

The report looks at how rural electric cooperatives in the Midwest incentivise members to switch from fossil fuel–powered equipment to electric end-use equipment.

Cooperatives in the Midwest are increasing their focus on shifting heavy consumer reliance on fossil fuels to smart energy.

About 5 million homes in the rural Midwest, mostly served by cooperatives, use propane to power their water and space heating, hence the need to invest heavily in smart equipment.

The report looks at barriers to fair distribution of energy efficiency programme funds and what needs to be done to ensure equal distribution of resources.

The whitepaper helps rural cooperatives on how to integrate energy efficiency programmes with their offerings following the release of a mandate by the Mational Rural Electric Association stipulating that all the 900 cooperatives in the US should include electrification as a service.

The research found that about 88% of all Midwest co-ops offer some type of energy upgrade and/or loan programme for their members to improve their energy efficiency and/or replace their heating and water equipment.

The report comes at a time rural cooperatives are providing power to 13% of all Americans and 56% of the US landmass. In the Midwest, 300 co-ops serve power to about 3.7 million members across 12 states.

To download the report, click here...