Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Rural Power Goes to Washington

October 3, 2017

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Iowa’s electric cooperatives are known for advocacy. Whether it's a Presidential, Congressional, Statewide, Legislature, or locally elected official/candidate... we show up! We even show up in Washington, D.C. to ensure our Members of Congress know that we are willing to travel by plane to deliver our message to our nation’s capital.

From September 25 – 27, thirty-five Rural Power advocates from fifteen electric cooperatives participated in the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual fall fly-in to Washington where the group enjoyed a jam-packed schedule of meetings, briefings, and events. Advocates were able to meet with staff and elected officials from all six offices of Iowa’s Congressional Delegation, and had the opportunity to speak with several representatives from the Trump Administration including upper-level staff at the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utility Service, and the White House. The team of advocates also met with Governor Reynolds’ D.C. office, the National Journal, and staff from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Topics discussed include funding for rural development and utilities, pension premium overpayment charges, geothermal tax credit extension, Farm Bill reauthorization, and broadband service for rural Iowa. Advocates will be returning to Washington, D.C. in April 2018.

Click here to check out photos from the 2017 fall fly-in. 

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