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Along Those Lines

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Along Those Lines

Along Those Lines

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The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's podcast is focused on the important stories from across co-op country about the issues that matter most to rural America and the energy industry.

Latest Episodes

Co-op Communications in Times of Crisis

Electric cooperatives, by their very nature, are accustomed to dealing with disruptions large and small. But the landscape for managing crises is changing dramatically. Stephen Bell, NRECA's senior director for media and public relations, and Bill Coletti, CEO of the reputation management firm Kith, talk us through their advice on how to plan for, respond to and recover from events that interrupt our normal course of business. This episode is sponsored by G&T Communications.

20 MIN1 w ago
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Co-op Communications in Times of Crisis

Keeping Crews and Members Safe, Powered and Connected During the Pandemic

While many Americans are working remotely to curb the spread of coronavirus, cooperative line crews and broadband technicians are essential workers, keeping members connected to power and internet. We talk to an expert at Great River Energy about how his co-op is maintaining the electric grid while keeping crews safe and cybersecurity tight. Then we hear from leaders at SEMO EC Cooperative and Jackson EC about safety measures for staff and meeting the challenge of growing demand for co-op broadband.

27 MINAPR 21
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Keeping Crews and Members Safe, Powered and Connected During the Pandemic

Workplaces Evolve Amid New Generations, Changing Expectations

With the American workplace changing dramatically due to new technologies and generational shifts, how are electric co-ops adapting while facing additional challenges unique to their rural environments? Hear from Cheryl Cran, a workplace and leadership expert, and Holly Wetzel, NRECA's senior director for marketing and member communications.

22 MINMAR 20
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Workplaces Evolve Amid New Generations, Changing Expectations

What’s Next for Co-ops and Battery Storage

More and more electric utilities are deploying large battery systems to store power, but it’s a technology that’s still very much in its infancy. How are co-ops integrating storage, and how are they using it to serve their members? Hear from NRECA’s Jan Ahlen about the state of this key technology and from Anza Electric Cooperative's Kevin Short and AEPCO's Barry Brown about a joint utility-scale storage project to help Anza battle resiliency challenges.

24 MINFEB 15
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What’s Next for Co-ops and Battery Storage

Co-op Voters and the 2020 Elections

We're kicking off the election year by delving into the critical role of rural voters: What issues are important to constituents in electric co-op territories, and what are co-ops doing to make sure their voices are heard? Hear from NRECA Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Connor and pollster Keith Frederick on what to expect in terms of political engagement in co-op country this year.

19 MINJAN 10
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Co-op Voters and the 2020 Elections

How Co-ops Are Ensuring Energy Access for All

Advancing Energy Access for All, a new NRECA initiative, focuses on low- and moderate-income households who are at risk of being left out of some of the latest advances on the grid. Hear from NRECA’s Adaora Ifebigh, who oversees the initiative, as well as Tony Anderson, CEO of Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Michigan, which has several programs aimed at helping members in need.

18 MIN2019 DEC 18
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How Co-ops Are Ensuring Energy Access for All

Dealing With the Disastrous Effects of Flooding in the Heartland

Midwestern farmers faced devastating flooding last spring, with recovery efforts still ongoing. Nebraska farm owners Kristi and Drew Wolfe give a firsthand look at what it’s been like to cope with this disaster. Kim Christiansen, who was GM of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association before joining NRECA, discusses the overall impact in Nebraska, and Sam McDonald of NRECA’s legislative team sheds light on efforts to shape federal flood mitigation priorities.

23 MIN2019 NOV 13
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Dealing With the Disastrous Effects of Flooding in the Heartland

Co-ops’ Role in Protecting the Electric Grid

Season 2 of Along Those Lines kicks off with a look at co-ops' role in protecting the national electric grid. Hear from Co-Mo Electric Cooperative's Ryan Newlon, who works with the National Guard on projects that examine real-life threats and defense strategies for cybersecurity, and NRECA’s Barry Lawson, who discusses how co-ops work with key government agencies on cybersecurity.

19 MIN2019 OCT 16
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Co-ops’ Role in Protecting the Electric Grid

The Push for Congress to Save Co-ops’ Tax-Exempt Status

An unintended consequence of the 2017 federal tax law is threatening electric co-ops' tax-exempt status. NRECA's Louis Finkel explains why it's vital for Congress to pass the RURAL Act to fix this issue, and two co-op leaders discuss the impact of the tax dilemma firsthand: Tim Johnson of Otsego Electric Cooperative in New York and Scott Reimer of Federated Electric Cooperative in Minnesota.

16 MIN2019 SEP 10
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The Push for Congress to Save Co-ops’ Tax-Exempt Status

How Co-ops Can Be Part of the Rural Health Care Solution

With access to health care diminishing in many of the country’s rural areas, hear from three co-op leaders who are prioritizing programs to get critical care to members of their communities: David Lambert of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Shawn Taylor of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association and Geoff Oldfather of Arizona G&T Cooperatives.

25 MIN2019 AUG 20
Comments
How Co-ops Can Be Part of the Rural Health Care Solution

Latest Episodes

Co-op Communications in Times of Crisis

Electric cooperatives, by their very nature, are accustomed to dealing with disruptions large and small. But the landscape for managing crises is changing dramatically. Stephen Bell, NRECA's senior director for media and public relations, and Bill Coletti, CEO of the reputation management firm Kith, talk us through their advice on how to plan for, respond to and recover from events that interrupt our normal course of business. This episode is sponsored by G&T Communications.

20 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Co-op Communications in Times of Crisis

Keeping Crews and Members Safe, Powered and Connected During the Pandemic

While many Americans are working remotely to curb the spread of coronavirus, cooperative line crews and broadband technicians are essential workers, keeping members connected to power and internet. We talk to an expert at Great River Energy about how his co-op is maintaining the electric grid while keeping crews safe and cybersecurity tight. Then we hear from leaders at SEMO EC Cooperative and Jackson EC about safety measures for staff and meeting the challenge of growing demand for co-op broadband.

27 MINAPR 21
Comments
Keeping Crews and Members Safe, Powered and Connected During the Pandemic

Workplaces Evolve Amid New Generations, Changing Expectations

With the American workplace changing dramatically due to new technologies and generational shifts, how are electric co-ops adapting while facing additional challenges unique to their rural environments? Hear from Cheryl Cran, a workplace and leadership expert, and Holly Wetzel, NRECA's senior director for marketing and member communications.

22 MINMAR 20
Comments
Workplaces Evolve Amid New Generations, Changing Expectations

What’s Next for Co-ops and Battery Storage

More and more electric utilities are deploying large battery systems to store power, but it’s a technology that’s still very much in its infancy. How are co-ops integrating storage, and how are they using it to serve their members? Hear from NRECA’s Jan Ahlen about the state of this key technology and from Anza Electric Cooperative's Kevin Short and AEPCO's Barry Brown about a joint utility-scale storage project to help Anza battle resiliency challenges.

24 MINFEB 15
Comments
What’s Next for Co-ops and Battery Storage

Co-op Voters and the 2020 Elections

We're kicking off the election year by delving into the critical role of rural voters: What issues are important to constituents in electric co-op territories, and what are co-ops doing to make sure their voices are heard? Hear from NRECA Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Connor and pollster Keith Frederick on what to expect in terms of political engagement in co-op country this year.

19 MINJAN 10
Comments
Co-op Voters and the 2020 Elections

How Co-ops Are Ensuring Energy Access for All

Advancing Energy Access for All, a new NRECA initiative, focuses on low- and moderate-income households who are at risk of being left out of some of the latest advances on the grid. Hear from NRECA’s Adaora Ifebigh, who oversees the initiative, as well as Tony Anderson, CEO of Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Michigan, which has several programs aimed at helping members in need.

18 MIN2019 DEC 18
Comments
How Co-ops Are Ensuring Energy Access for All

Dealing With the Disastrous Effects of Flooding in the Heartland

Midwestern farmers faced devastating flooding last spring, with recovery efforts still ongoing. Nebraska farm owners Kristi and Drew Wolfe give a firsthand look at what it’s been like to cope with this disaster. Kim Christiansen, who was GM of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association before joining NRECA, discusses the overall impact in Nebraska, and Sam McDonald of NRECA’s legislative team sheds light on efforts to shape federal flood mitigation priorities.

23 MIN2019 NOV 13
Comments
Dealing With the Disastrous Effects of Flooding in the Heartland

Co-ops’ Role in Protecting the Electric Grid

Season 2 of Along Those Lines kicks off with a look at co-ops' role in protecting the national electric grid. Hear from Co-Mo Electric Cooperative's Ryan Newlon, who works with the National Guard on projects that examine real-life threats and defense strategies for cybersecurity, and NRECA’s Barry Lawson, who discusses how co-ops work with key government agencies on cybersecurity.

19 MIN2019 OCT 16
Comments
Co-ops’ Role in Protecting the Electric Grid

The Push for Congress to Save Co-ops’ Tax-Exempt Status

An unintended consequence of the 2017 federal tax law is threatening electric co-ops' tax-exempt status. NRECA's Louis Finkel explains why it's vital for Congress to pass the RURAL Act to fix this issue, and two co-op leaders discuss the impact of the tax dilemma firsthand: Tim Johnson of Otsego Electric Cooperative in New York and Scott Reimer of Federated Electric Cooperative in Minnesota.

16 MIN2019 SEP 10
Comments
The Push for Congress to Save Co-ops’ Tax-Exempt Status

How Co-ops Can Be Part of the Rural Health Care Solution

With access to health care diminishing in many of the country’s rural areas, hear from three co-op leaders who are prioritizing programs to get critical care to members of their communities: David Lambert of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Shawn Taylor of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association and Geoff Oldfather of Arizona G&T Cooperatives.

25 MIN2019 AUG 20
Comments
How Co-ops Can Be Part of the Rural Health Care Solution
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