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Electric cooperatives in 11 states have received approval from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue clean renewable energy bonds (CREBs) worth $143 million.

CREB awards to cooperatives ranged from $3 million to $30 million. Approved projects include 14 wind projects, five landfill gas projects, six hydroelectric projects, one solar project and one open-loop biomass project.

"Most of the nation's renewable energy resources can be found in the service territory of cooperatives," says Glenn English, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. "[CREBs] are the financial instrument that allows cooperatives to unleash that power."

Congress approved approximately $477 million for fiscal year 2007. In addition to awards made to cooperatives, the IRS awarded $263 million to governmental borrowers. Awardees may now apply to the National Rural Cooperative Finance Corp. or other qualified lenders to issue bonds on their behalf.

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