In states such as Kentucky and South Carolina, electric cooperatives are pursuing ways to reduce their members energy costs. But the government shutdown is affecting the funding outlook for energy efficiency programs nationwide. Photo by KFTC.
While many rural electric cooperatives are waiting eagerly for the government to get back to work, others are moving forward on energy efficiency.
While some rural electric cooperatives are large and have the ability to provide valuable services to their customers, others are smaller, cash-strapped, and face administrative and financial challenges on a daily basis.
To reduce electricity costs for the customers, some co-ops look to federal funding to support programs that they see as beneficial to their customers.
The general consensus among co-ops is that federal funds are a vital source of support for providing reliable electricity and helping their customers pay their electricity bills — especially in rural areas where those bills tend to be higher and constitute a greater portion of a family’s income.