Just Say "Maybe" NRECA Still Wary of Competition

Fortnightly Magazine - February 1 1998
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A COLORADO COOPERATIVE REMAINS SPLIT FROM THE NRECA and its general manager says a draft resolution against "federally mandated retail wheeling at this time" won't win it back. Stan R. Lewandowski Jr., Intermountain Rural Association's general manager, says the resolution, which will be considered at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting in March, would still make the association sound wishy-washy (see Public Utilities Fortnightly, Nov. 1, 1997, p. 50).

"I equate it [like this]: You stand on the left foot and say I'm opposed to retail wheeling and then you lean on the right foot and say 'at this time,'" Lewandowski said. He is opposed to a federal mandate and believes states ought to decide their fate.

Glenn English, NRECA CEO, made it clear that the working resolution comes from association membership.

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The resolution came out of NRECA's fall regional meetings. Seven meetings were held for the group's 10 regions. Region VIII (em Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana (em passed the resolution after deleting "at this time."

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