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Legislative Update

2019 NRECA Legislative Conference

More than 65 representatives from Wisconsin electric cooperatives, including PPCS, joined over 2,000 delegates from around the country who attended the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on April 29 through May 1.  Their mission—to engage in conversations with lawmakers on important issues that impact our rural communities, and specifically on our ability to deliver reliable and affordable electricity. 

These critical issues were addressed with legislators:

  • Needs of rural communities in infrastructure package
    • Coops support bipartisan efforts to develop a robust infrastructure package that improves the economic outlook in America’s rural communities.
    • Lawmakers should recognize and support electric co-op modernization efforts and support programs that enable broadband access for all Americans.
    • Electric co-ops support policies and investments that promote electrification throughout the economy.
  • Tax law change needed to protect electric co-op tax-exempt status
    • Recent changes to the Internal Revenue Code created an unintended consequence for rural electric cooperatives.  Government grants may now be considered non-member income.
    • As community-focused, member organizations, electric cooperatives must comply with the 85 percent-15 percent income test.  No more than 15 percent of gross income may come from non-member sources.
    • Congress should take action to amend Section 501(c)(12) to retain the tax-exempt status of nearly 900 rural electric co-ops.  This will allow the full use of federal, state or local grants to benefit their members.


Wis. delegation on Capitol steps.

Ron Kind with Wis. delegation.

Sen. Baldwin with Wis. delegation.

Sen. Johnson with Wis. delegation.


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