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Electric Cooperative School Bus Initiative

Electrifying America’s Rural School Buses

Collaborating to provide streamlined education, support, and access to rural school districts seeking support in school bus electrification

Electric School Buses are a performance upgrade over their diesel burning counterparts. With federal incentives and rising diesel prices, electric school buses can help schools save money that can be used for educational resources. The Beneficial Electrification League has created this short video on why a school would choose to deploy electric school buses. Feel free to share it!

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Electric cooperatives provide electricity to over half of the United States' landmass. Of the 13,185 unified school districts in the US, 5,881 districts are at least 50% covered by an electric cooperative. Of those, 3,177 districts have 15% or more of the student population below the poverty line. The Beneficial Electrification League and electric cooperatives are collaborating to provide educational and administrative support to help interested cooperatives access funding for electric school buses and school bus infrastructure.

Related Articles and Reports

Electric School Bus: The eLION Effect

BEL Chair Gary Connett, BEL President Keith Dennis, and Great River Energy’s David Ranallo discuss the first electric cooperative school bus project in 2017 as part of the Community Storage Initiative, a predecessor organization to the Beneficial Electrification League.

Electric School Bus Information

The Beneficial Electrification League has created a one-pager of basic electric school bus information.

Project Partners and Participants

The Beneficial Electrification League is a convenor for this project. Our primary participants are Generation and Transmission cooperatives and distribution cooperatives that collectively represent over 350 distribution cooperatives across more than 32 states.

Dairyland Power Cooperative
Golden Spread Electric Cooperative
Great River Energy
Hoosier Energy
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Dakota Electric Association
Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Winneshiek Energy District
WECA
Sioux Valley Energy
MREA
Trico
Flint
Flint
Mountain Parks
Mountain Parks
Mountain Parks
NIPCO
Beltrami
Anza
Cherryland
Cherryland
NIPCO
Beltrami
Anza
Cherryland
Cherryland
NIPCO
Beltrami
Beltrami
Beltrami
Beltrami
NIPCO

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