|Headquarters||Arlington, Virginia, United States|
|Key people||Jim Bausell|
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is a cooperative federation composed of more than 735 local, consumer-owned utility cooperatives in 46 of the 50 United States. Touchstone Energy co-ops serve more than 30 million members. Electric utility cooperatives distribute power for 75 percent of the U.S. land mass more than 2.5 million miles of power lines.
Touchstone Energy was founded in 1998. Most of its members are also members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The federation includes both generation and transmission cooperatives and distribution cooperatives. Touchstone Energy Co-ops get more than 88% of all local electric co-ops offer electricity generated from renewable sources. <<<This sentence needs editing. A lot. Does it mean that Touchstone coop members distribute 88 percent of all renewable energy used by all American coops? OR, 88 percent of all renewable energy by all utility companies, coop or not?>>>
Touchstone Energy's North Carolina cooperatives established the Bright Ideas grant program in 1993. The program provides educational grants of up to $2000 for teachers in North Carolina who fund classroom-based projects out of their own pockets.
Legal Settlement 
In July 2010 an agreement was reached between the EPA and Hoosier Energy to reduce emissions that are regulated under the Clean Air Act. The agreement covers a civil penalty and a commitment to upgrade the air pollution controls at two power plants in Indiana.
- NC's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives award $540k in Bright Ideas Grant monies. Carolina Newswire. November 10, 2005.
- Hoosier Energy Agreement Marks 20th Settlement Under EPA’s Power Plant Enforcement Initiative EPA July 23, 2010.
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