RUS Amends Standards for Timber Products

The Rural Utilities Service has issued a final rule to amend its regulations for Electric and Telecommunications Standards affecting the following:

  • Specifications for Materials and Equipment and Construction
  • Specification for Wood Poles, Stubs, and Anchor Logs
  • Specification for Wood Crossarms,

RUS Amends Several Regulations for Electric Borrowers

The Rural Utilities Service recently amended its regulations for electric borrowers.  These amendments affect the loan application requirements, approvals of work plans, contract bidding and approval procedures, system operation and maintenance reviews, long-range engineering, and system-design procedures.

Here is a …

Potential Exit from Power Supply Cooperative

Dakota Energy has filed a lawsuit concerning its potential exit from a wholesale power supplier, East River Electric.  Dakota Energy’s concern is that East River’s bylaws require, as a condition to withdrawal, satisfaction of contractual obligations to East River.  And …

Happy Cooperative Month from AHC!

October is Cooperative Month.  AHC represents many cooperatives in the telecom, electric, and agricultural industries.  So we join with others in celebrating our cooperative clients.
In honor of Cooperative Month, the U.S.D.A. has provided and re-published the following helpful guides

Mississippi Cooperatives Win Big on Arbitration Clause in Bylaws

In a lawsuit brought against a nonprofit, member-owned electric cooperative corporation, the plaintiff-members (“Plaintiffs”) alleged that Southwest Mississippi Electric Cooperative (the “Cooperative”) unlawfully failed to return to its members patronage capital totaling more than $13M.[1]  The trial court granted …

Cooperatives May Qualify for Benefits Under CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT). The CARES Act provided an economic stimulus package of $349 billion dollars for Paycheck Protection Loans and modified the existing provisions …