EESI will be part of this year's Co-op IMPACT Conference and Co-op Festival in Washington, DC! Both events are hosted by the National Cooperative Business Association, an EESI partner. IMPACT 2018, on October 3-5, will feature cooperatives of all types and their efforts to develop a more inclusive economy. EESI will present a session on rural electric cooperatives using inclusive financing to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy to their members. EESI will also have a booth at the Co-op Festival, to be held on the National Mall on October 6-7. The Festival will feature live music and other activities and is free and open to all! Stop by EESI’s booth to learn about innovative programs run by electric co-ops from around the country – and how to spread those ideas to your utility. EESI will be showcasing its on-bill financing and beneficial electrification initiatives.


2018 Co-op Festival

Saturday October 6 – Sunday October 7

11:00am and 6:00pm


National Mall between 10th and 12th Streets NW

Washington, D.C.

Metro stations:

  • Smithsonian (Orange, Blue, Silver lines)
  • National Archives (Green and Yellow lines)


In 2017, we teamed up with the events' organizers, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, to establish the Partnership for Advancing an Inclusive Rural Energy Economy (PAIREE). The goal of the Partnership is to help rural electric cooperatives develop on-bill financing programs for energy upgrades. As member-owned nonprofits, cooperatives of all types (electric, food, housing, etc.) help communities have a greater say in their futures and more equitable access to opportunities. The Co-op IMPACT Conference gathers these co-ops together to highlight success stories, shared challenges, and paths forward to spur even greater economic growth and participation.


2018 Co-op IMPACT Conference

Wednesday, October 3 – Friday, October 5

$825 – $1,375

Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 S Orme Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Metro station: 4mn drive from Pentagon City (Blue and Yellow lines).

Click here for speaker information

Featured Panel: Power Play - Using inclusive financing to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy to rural electric cooperative members

Friday, October 5

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Presented by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute

The session will feature rural electric co-op leaders from Arkansas and South Carolina discussing why and how they are using innovative programs like on-bill financing to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy to their members at all socio-economic levels. By giving electric co-op members and other utility customers the ability to finance energy efficiency improvements made to their homes and businesses over time, on-bill financing is an affordable way to integrate technology that ultimately reduces energy costs, improves reliability and increases efficiency. During this session, IMPACT participants will understand the on-bill model for energy upgrades and learn about funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture available for such programs, as well as new technical assistance resources offered by EESI’s partnership with NCBA CLUSA. This session will also discuss how these programs can advance durable economic development in rural America.


We hope to see you there!