​On April 29, 2021, NRECA filed comments with USDA in response to a Request for Information (RFI) on a new Rural Energy Pilot Program funded at $10 million by Congress. The RFI focused on how distributed energy resources could be deployed through the pilot program with the objective of maximizing the benefits of renewable energy systems for environmental justice, racial equity, and economic opportunity in rural areas. NRECA’s comments highlight that as trusted energy advisors in their communities, electric cooperatives are well-positioned to deliver renewable energy and other technology solutions that will benefit their consumer-members.