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REC Day on the Hill

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REC Day on the Hill

Over 200 cooperative supporters, including representatives from Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative travel to Des Moines every March to advocate for electric cooperatives. Cooperative representatives met for a briefing by Kevin Condon, Government Relations Director of Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, to receive updates on state and federal legislative issues.

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.