Status of NRECA Events

NRECA is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and continues to prioritize the health and safety of our members, staff and event participants. Local, state and national orders, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization, travel industry guidance plus the number of participants and where they are coming from all inform our decisions regarding NRECA events. For these reasons, NRECA has canceled in-person events through Aug. 31, as well as PowerUp. We will be conducting the 2020 Regional Meetings, 2021 NRECA PowerXchange (formerly Annual Meeting) and 2021 TechAdvantage Experience as virtual events. We will continue to give careful consideration to the changing circumstances relative to our other NRECA events. We are approaching those decisions on a case-by-case basis due to different conditions associated with each one.


Those already registered for the canceled events will be contacted individually. In addition, we will use, NRECA’s online professional communities and email to communicate these changes. We are exploring options for rescheduling or offering virtual options for those events where such alternatives may make sense.

NRECA Communications Resources

Co-op COVID-19 Response Tracker
Positive COVID-19 Test Talking Points
Talking Points on Suspending Disconnects
Talking Points on Resuming Disconnects
Talking Points on the Paycheck Protection Plan
FAQs—The Impact of Coronavirus on Electric Co-ops
Enhanced Safety Protocols Poster From Midwest Energy & Communications
Midwest Energy & Communications Safe Work Playbook
Cherryland Electric Cooperative Payroll Protection Program Talking Points
NRECA Press Releases

NRECA Reports and Advisories

Webinar Recording and Survey Results: Measuring the Co-op Response to COVID-19
Mid-Year 2020 U.S. Economic Outlook: A Focus on Rural America
Paycheck Protection Program: Resources for Processing and Accounting for Loan Forgiveness
Fact Sheet: Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Electric Cooperatives
Financial Implications of COVID-19 on Electric Cooperatives and Pathways to Relief
COVID-19 Pandemic Implications for Generation and Transmission Cooperatives
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Sector-Specific Electricity Sales
Estimated 2.5 Million of the Jobs Most at Risk From COVID-19 Economic Impacts Are in Co-op Areas
COVID-19 Revelation—Broadband Is an Essential Service
Tools to Help Consumer-Members Manage Energy Expenses During COVID-19
Business and Technology Resources to Use Virtually
NRECA Business and Technology Update Newsletter: COVID-19 Special Edition

Legislative/Policy Updates

Letter From Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urging House Leaders to Include RUS Debt Relief for Co-ops in Next COVID-19 Aid Package
Fact Sheet: Electric Co-ops and the Paycheck Protection Program
NRECA Letter: June 16 House Hearing on “Reviving our Economy: COVID-19’s Impact on the Energy Sector”
NRECA Statement: June 16 Senate Hearing to “Examine the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Energy Industry”
Fact Sheet: Electric Co-ops and Federal, State and Local CARES Act Funding
Broadband Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Support Access to Affordable Broadband
Fact Sheet on COVID-19 Relief Legislation—HEROES Act
Matheson Letter to House Leadership on HEROES Act
Matheson Letter to Congress on Phase 4 Relief Package
Letter From Utility Groups to National Organizations Representing State and Local Government Leaders
Fact Sheet on COVID-19 Small Business Administration Programs
Fact Sheet on Emergency Expanded FMLA and Sick Leave Provisions
Fact Sheet on COVID-10 Relief Legislation—CARES Act
NRECA's Letter to Congress in Support of Relief for Our Members During COVID-19 Pandemics
USDA Opportunities for Immediate Relief
NRECA's Letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Relief to Co-ops
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Enforcement Notice on Expiring CDLs
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Notice on Drug and Alcohol Testing
Letter From Secretary of Energy and FERC Chairman to U.S. Governors on COVID-19 Matters

Rural Mainstreet Index Inches Higher, but Still Short of Pre-Pandemic Levels (
Four Takeaways From NRECA’s Survey on Co-ops’ COVID-19 Responses (
Tennessee Co-ops Win $40 Million in State COVID-19 Broadband Grants (
Electrical Safety: Overcoming Distractions in the Age of COVID-19 (
Pandemic Prompts New Approaches to Mutual Aid in Major Restorations (
NRECA Supports Bill to Keep Families Connected to Broadband Amid Pandemic (
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge Leaders to Include Co-op Debt Relief in COVID Bill (
New NRECA Toolkit Offers Tips to Co-ops for How to Lobby Members of Congress (
NRECA Shifts Gears to Online Training Amid Pandemic (
Lasting Changes: Some Co-op Pandemic Adaptations May Be Here to Stay (
Co-ops Urge Congress to Pass RUS Debt Relief in Next COVID-19 Aid Package (
Rural Bankers Give Weak Economic Assessment for Fourth Straight Month (
Amid Pandemic, Scam Artists Target Co-op Members in Kentucky, Iowa (
EIA: COVID-19 Impacts Will Lower CO2 Emissions by 12.2% in 2020 (
Arizona Co-ops Help Fund COVID-19 Tests as Infection Rates Rise (
Pa. Co-op Helps Build Drive-In Movie Theater to Attract Crowds Safely (
New Legislation in Congress to Reprice RUS Loans Could Save Co-ops Billions (
Co-ops Discover Creative Online Connections for Youth, Policy Leaders (
Co-ops Join TVA, CoBank to Help Feed Hungry Families During Pandemic (
Potato Farmers Served by Electric Co-ops Face COVID-19 Challenges (
First Person: ‘You Can’t Social Distance on a Bus,’ Says Youth Tour Leader (
EIA: Pandemic Continues to Lower Energy Demand From Commercial Sector (
First Person: ‘You Feel Like You’re on an Island’ Says Kentucky Co-op Rep (
EIA: Pandemic Continues to Lower Energy Demand From Commercial Sector (
First Person: ‘Members Will Remember That Their Electric Co-ops Stepped Up’ (
S.C. Co-op Members ‘Give 5’ for Struggling Families During Pandemic (
First Person: Ohio Lineworker Adjusts to COVID-19 Changes (
Co-op Voices, Part 2: The Expanding Financial Toll of the COVID-19 Pandemic (
NRECA 2020 Safety Leadership Summit Goes Virtual Amid Pandemic (
Pandemic Has ‘Decimated Economic Confidence’ in Rural America, Index Finds (
Electric Cooperatives Expand Remote Operations to Serve Members During Pandemic (
Co-ops Find Creative Ways to Celebrate High School Grads Amid Pandemic (
Podcast: Co-op Communications in Times of Crisis (
Co-op Voices: The Expanding Financial Toll of the COVID-19 Pandemic(
COVID-19 Concerns Fuel Uncertainty for Farmers, Ranchers in Co-op Country (
Electric Cooperatives Expand Remote Operations to Serve Members During Pandemic (
EIA: COVID-19 Continues to Transform Energy Supply and Demand Patterns (
Electric Co-ops Resume Lobby Operations with COVID-19 Precautions in Place (
Scrap Wire From North Carolina Electric Co-op Used in COVID-19 Face Masks (
Grid Operating Safely During Unprecedented Threats from COVID-19, NERC Says (
NRECA Event Cancellation Insurance Proves Crucial in Pandemic (
Co-op Crews Confront COVID-19, Flooding to Get Power to Arkansas Families (
Co-ops Find Creative Ways to Get Crucial Safety Supplies During COVID-19 (
Wisconsin Co-op Holds Drive-In Meeting to Keep Members Safe During Pandemic (
Electric Co-ops’ Pandemic Safety Procedures Will Become New Normal (
Photo Gallery: COVID-19 Co-op Response (
Co-ops Use DIY Videos to Promote Energy Efficiency During Pandemic (
Electric Co-ops Face $10 Billion Revenue Loss by 2022 Due to COVID-19 (
Congress Approves $320 Billion More in COVID-19 Aid That Could Help Co-ops (
‘A Blessing’: Co-ops Deliver Free Public WiFi Hotspots During COVID-19 (
Podcast: Keeping Crews and Members Safe, Powered and Connected During the Pandemic (
Now Online From Touchstone Energy: COVID-19 Radio, Social Media Ads for All Co-ops (
USDA Launches Guide to Rural Aid Available During COVID-19 Pandemic (
Commercial, Industrial Electricity Sales Will Fall Amid Pandemic, EIA Predicts (
Co-op-Served Plant Surges to Provide N-95 Masks to Aid COVID-19 Response (
Co-ops, Restaurants Partner Up to Provide Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic (
Co-ops Provide Financial Relief to Members During Pandemic(
NRECA Seeks Federal Relief for Co-ops as Members Struggle to Pay Bills (
SBA Relief Available to Co-ops, Small Businesses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (
Amid Pandemic Shortages, Co-op Partners With Distillery to Produce Hand Cleanser (
Co-ops Offer Educational Ideas for Parents Juggling Kids, Telework During Pandemic (
Co-op Speeds Broadband Connection to Clinic for COVID-19 Testing (
Lineworkers Electrify Guatemalan Villages as Coronavirus Closes Border (
Co-op Broadband Providers Pledge to Sustain Low-Income Service (
Co-op Aid Included in Coronavirus Relief Bill (
Co-op Crews Face Challenges During Coronavirus Pandemic (
Co-op Power Plants Secured Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (
COVID-19 Threat Triggers Nationwide Co-op Response (
Co-ops Turn to Online Communities to Help One Another (
Logistics and Supply Co-ops Beef Up Equipment Stock for COVID-19 Impacts (
Co-ops Respond to COVID-19: A Q&A With NRECA’s Jeffrey Connor (