Montana electric coops are eagerly awaiting the federal government rules that will determine numerous funding programs through the infrastructure bill. According to Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA), there are numerous programs being developed that will be of great benefit to the coops:
Matheson told the Northern News Network the national organization is encouraging a different approach in seeking a competitive advantage for the funding:
There are more than 900 electric cooperatives across the nation. In Montana, 25 rural electric cooperatives provide energy to 40% of the state’s energy users.