The NRECA Business and Technology Strategies (BTS) department’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) work group supports electric cooperatives in extending the life of existing infrastructure, maintaining system reliability, improving power quality and leveraging advanced technologies. The work group brings together co-op engineers who provide direct support to the Rural Utilities Service and other key standards bodies, such as the National Electrical Safety code and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Work group members also collaborate on research with industry partners, such as the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the national laboratories.

Available Resources

Reports, articles, white papers and other resources related to Transmission and Distribution may be found here: Topics > Transmission & Distribution.

Transmission & Distribution Engineering Committee

The Transmission & Distribution Engineering Committee (TDEC) is a group of volunteer engineers, operational and materials managers from electric cooperatives, NRECA and engineering consultants who work with electric co-ops.

TDEC assists RUS on the development, analysis and updating of federal technical standards, guidelines and specifications. TDEC also monitors and reviews other engineering and operational standards, code changes and new designs involving the transmission-and-distribution and supply-chain-management fields, so as to maintain the competitiveness of electric cooperatives in today's changing environment.

Research Memberships

NRECA has agreements with several leading research organizations in order to provide our members with access to their research reporting.

Subject Matter Expert for Questions on Transmission and Distribution

Co-ops are encouraged to contact the T&D work group lead with questions, comments and suggestions about current projects and the research agenda:

Patti Metro, NRECA Senior Grid Operations and Reliability Director, 571.334.8890