On March 1-4, 2020 The National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA) held its annual meeting in New Orleans. As a new member of NRECA, SCEN was able to send a delegation of over 30 leaders from different organizations and rural electric cooperative member owners.
During our last FRESH working group call, attendees gathered to discuss their experiences at this event. Here are some of the main takeaways:
The Electric co-op sector has been experiencing issues related to good governance, transparency, corruption and diversity.
Thanks to the new leadership of Curtis Wynn, the first African-American President of the NRECA, some of these issues are beginning to become addressed.
The work developed by coalitions such as The Advancing Equity & Opportunity (AEO) has been crucial to start changing the narrative in such events to be more inclusive and transparent in their approach moving forward.
While SCEN and our members saw some benefits come from this annual meeting; it is only the beginning of a momentum shift and there is much more work to be done. For a more in-depth look into what our members experienced CLICK HERE
About the NRECA annual meeting: Co-op leaders from across the country gather to celebrate the strength of the co-op network and focus on how cooperatives can provide its members with affordable, reliable energy.