Joint NASEO Financing Committee and Rural Energy Task Force Webinar around USDA No-cost Financing for Rural Electric Utilities

November 7, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

On November 7th, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET, NASEO’s Financing Committee and Rural Energy Task Force will jointly host a discussion on a new offering of up to $100 million of favorable financing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects. Speakers on this webinar will provide an overview of the application process for this financing opportunity as well as perspectives on the application process from rural electric cooperatives that have successfully applied for this financing in the past. Speakers will also discuss opportunities where State Energy Offices can assist rural electric cooperatives with the application process and financing disbursement for RUS dollars. We encourage you to come prepared with questions, thoughts, and comments for speakers.

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1. Welcome and Introductions

Sam Cramer, Program Manager, NASEO

2. Opening Remarks
Jeff Pitkin, Treasurer, NYSERDA and Daniel Farrell, Energy Efficiency Financing Program Manager, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

3. Overview of USDA No-Cost Financing Opportunity
Robert Coates, Rural Development, Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

4. Rural Electric Cooperative Perspectives on RUS Financing and State Energy Office Cooperation Opportunities
John-Michael Cross, Policy Associate, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
Michael Keyser, Chief Executive Officer, Barc Electric Cooperative (invited)

5. Question and Answer Session
All state participants