The sun was shining brightly as more than 200 rural electric cooperative (REC) employees and directors, representing 38 co-ops, traveled to the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday to advocate on behalf of their member-owners during their annual REC Day on the Hill event. With the proposed Energy Omnibus Bill working its way through the House, co-ops met with legislators and statewide elected officials to discuss regulatory parity and clarity in addition to maintaining fair and affordable rates. Iowa’s electric co-ops support efficiency programs that are cost-effective. The co-ops also strongly support a utility’s ability to recover fixed costs associated with providing safe, reliable service, ensuring that all co-op members pay equitably to use and maintain the electric grid.
The electric co-op advocates first gathered for a briefing on state legislative issues, then met with their local elected officials during a dessert social on the first-floor rotunda of the Capitol. Slices of pie were served in celebration of Pi Day, which is observed annually on 3/14. Legislators and visitors were able to view dozens of booths which were on display around the rotunda, sharing various ways Iowa’s electric co-ops work to keep electricity safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible for the member-owners they serve.