REC Day on the Hill
Cooperative representatives educated legislators on the benefits of the cooperative business model, including local ownership, cost-based rates and democratic governance. Legislators also learned about three priorities important to Iowa’s electric cooperatives:
- Ensuring safety and reliability of service through vegetation management
- Supporting cost-effective energy efficiency programs for homes and farms
- Responsible power generation and delivery through fair treatment of all member-owners and utilization of advanced technology
Many electric cooperatives also displayed booths in the rotunda which provided information on topics including energy efficiency programs, rural broadband efforts, investments in technology and rural economic development. Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) and its member distribution cooperatives were among those who advocated on behalf of their 31,000 members-owners living in western Iowa.
"This annual visit to the Iowa Capitol is an excellent opportunity to personally visit with our elected officials providing them a cooperative perspective on issues important to our business," says Joe Farley, Manager of Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative.