We Are Rural: Energy

This year we grew. From coal to clean energy, we are working to help small towns and rural communities engage in clean energy topics. We listened to your feedback – from the Midwest to the coasts – to help guide our growing portfolio.

You told us eminent domain matters in new energy projects. So we explored what can be done to avoid it. And we also came up with creative ways to make sure landowners get their fair share when new transmission projects are built.

For the first time we started to talk about coal. Center supporters from all over helped us raise money to start this program, and we’re moving ahead at full speed. Moving away from coal means a healthy, clean environment and strong, thriving small towns as we begin producing energy with the resources we have in our own backyard.

Don’t forget about climate change. As our weather becomes more and more unpredictable, the consequences grow. This year we partnered with rural leaders across America to speak out and take action. Whether you’re a farmer, rancher, rural leader, or concerned citizen, we’re committed to working with you to make a difference.

There’s no question, 2013 was a big year for our energy team. We expect even greater things in 2014.

Annual Report Energy 2013 Highlights:

  • Showed community members how they can help site new energy projects
  • Published America’s Power Plan and developed better ways for utilities to compensate landowners
  • Held community listening sessions and moved Nebraska toward a clean energy economy
  • Testified in support of new transmission lines in 4 different states
  • Found strong leaders in a 6 state region supportive of climate action

You'll find the Center's full 2013 Annual Report here (pdf).

Feature photo: The Board of the Center for Rural Affairs showed their opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska. They don’t shy away from leading the discussion on renewable energy, and neither do you! With your support, we were able to analyze and advocate for a new clean energy future. Photo by Adele Phillips