Would you be upset to find out that FEMA is making decisions that could lead to a much higher power bill for you and your family? Click here to stop this unfair decision.
Electric cooperatives respond to storm damage in times of great need and follow the policies to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Recently, FEMA decided to change the rules on how rural electric cooperatives receive federal disaster assistance. The new policy will require unprecedented testing to substantiate storm damage, which has the potential to lead to devastating economic impact on Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives.
This means that all cooperatives who are currently rebuilding their systems due to storms in 2010 and 2013 with funds applied for or obtained from FEMA, may lose those funds—even though those projects were approved almost three years ago and have been financed with federal and state money.
“We feel strongly that FEMA needs to comply with the policies in place at the time of the disasters and immediately stop this unfair policy,” said ECI REC CEO Steve Marlow. “We are asking our members to take action and let FEMA know that this retroactive application is unfair, arbitrary, and a betrayal of the public trust, and that the higher electric bills this ‘moving of the goal posts’ could bring is potentially devastating to real families.”