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Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence attended an event at the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperative’s headquarters on August 15. During the event, Rep. Pence answered questions about Hoosier jobs and the economy, and participated in an exchange of information about the energy industry and the impact proposed EPA regulations could have on Indiana’s rural electric cooperatives. Indiana Statewide has taken an active role in sitting down with key policy makers from all levels of government. Indiana Statewide’s Government Relations team relished the opportunity to facilitate these discussions and bring cooperative leaders from all over the state to engage current and future state leaders. Congressman Pence and his staff commended the level of engagement and knowledge of these critical issues. CEO’s and Statewide Directors made the most of this opportunity by showing their level of passion in their industry and their commitment to the Rural Electric mission.
Farm Bill and DOE water heater efficiency standard dominate Capitol Hill visits Last week, representatives of Indiana Statewide were on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Indiana’s congressional delegation about federal issues of importance to Indiana’s Electric Cooperatives. Several issues discussed were the Farm Bill and the water heater efficiency standards as proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Farm Bill includes critical advancements to programs vital to rural America and electric cooperatives, including allowing RUS to make loans for baseload generation, allowing electric cooperatives to provide low-interest loans through RUS to their consumer-owners for energy efficiency improvements (RESPA), and adding transparency to the RUS broadband loan program. It also includes language to update a study of rail transportation in rural America and to reduce the regulatory burden on electric cooperative’s use of pesticides.