The electric market has been dominated by large companies and the likes of GE, which owns GE Power and Siemens.
Now, rural utility companies like the American Electric Power Association and Rural Electric Association (REA) are trying to reverse the trend.
But what’s the difference between these companies and electric utilities?REA’s electric plan calls for rural communities to be electrified by 2020, but the goal of electric distribution companies is to connect all communities.
In other words, electric distribution would include all the utilities and not just the ones that operate in rural areas.
The REA’s plan calls on all states to “promote electric distribution through innovative technologies, and ensure all states have access to reliable, reliable and affordable electricity services.”
REA also wants to ensure that all customers have access and have the right to access the same electricity as everyone else.
And it recommends that the electric distribution system is managed by a single, decentralized entity that includes the utilities, the power companies, and the rural electric utilities.
That would make it easier for communities to connect and get their electricity.REA says it will also “develop a strategy to ensure the reliability of electric energy, while encouraging electric distribution, transmission, distribution and utilization of new technologies.”
And, it will advocate for the development of a National Rural Electrification Plan that will include renewable energy and the use of geothermal energy to supply electricity.
The REA plan, which has been endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers, calls for more electrification, less dependence on large utilities, and more incentives for the use and investment in renewables.
The plan also calls for investing in rural infrastructure, including renewable energy generation, transmission lines, and electric grid upgrades.
It also calls on states to make rural electric utility companies eligible for federal support through a Rural Electrified Public Service Fund.
The program, known as Rural Electrated Public Service, is a federal aid program for the electric utilities that can be used to buy power from other utilities and to pay for power lines and power substations.