Mark Dyson, Rocky Mountain Institute, introduced himself to the committee and provided the committee with a background of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). RMI works with various agencies to encourage renewable energy development. Mr. Dyson discussed local solar energy resource prices as compared to wholesale energy costs. He discussed the value of local energy resources, including transmission costs, old generator costs, local job creation, and lower energy rates for businesses. Mr. Dyson outlined barriers to rural cooperatives taking advantage of local solar energy creation and discussed action that can be taken to lower those barriers.