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Extending the useful life of existing infrastructure, maintaining system reliability, and leveraging advanced technologies pose increasing challenges for all distribution co-ops. Through the years, co-ops have shown a talent for cost-effective improvements and practical solutions to these current problems. These are the areas of focus for the T&D work group, which brings together more than 70 co-op engineers who provide direct support to RUS’ engineering and standards efforts for the benefit of all co-ops. This work group also supports and influences other key standards bodies, such as the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC). It also produces research in collaboration with industry partners such as the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and national laboratories.