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On Wednesday, 6th district congressional candidate Luke Messer and State Senator Bev Gard visited NineStar Connects campus in Maxwell. Messer and Gard received a tour of the facility, talked with NineStar Connect employees, and discussed several REMC and telecommunications issues impacting NineStar and their member consumers. Opportunities for local coops to host our elected officials at the state and federal levels of government provides direct insight into Indiana’s Electric Cooperatives while enhancing their understanding he how the decisions they make in Washington or Indianapolis impacts affordability, reliability and safety of electricity to our industry.
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.
Dexter Odle of Linden, Ind., will represent Indiana on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Odle will attend the YLC Conference, July 21-25, in Washington, D.C. The conference agenda includes leadership and team building exercises, meeting with Capitol Hill staff members who are alumni of NRECA’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, and a competition to select the NRECA’s National Youth Spokesperson. While in Washington, the YLC members will gain a broader understanding of cooperatives through discussions with Glenn English, CEO of NRECA, Sheldon Peterson, Governor of the National Rural Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) and Bob Phillips, CEO of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC). Odle’s electric co-op experience began in June when he attended the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with over 1,500 high school students from across the country who were sponsored by their local electric cooperative. During the trip, Indiana Statewide Association … Continue reading
Indiana’s Electric Cooperatives Take Action On Thursday, May 31, Indiana Statewide Government Relations staff, working closely with NRECA, our National Association, initiated a grassroots alert by requesting all Indiana Electric Cooperative CEOs mobilize their employees, boards and member-consumers to contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to express opposition to their proposed greenhouse gas (ghg) standard, a regulation that eliminates coal, America’s most abundant domestic fuel, as a fuel source for power plants.