|Directors, managers, and staff of Iowa's electric cooperatives discuss the issues with legislators at the Welcome Back Legislative Reception.|
The annual Welcome Back Legislative Reception for state legislators was held on January 14, giving directors, managers, and staff of Iowa’s 34 electric cooperatives an opportunity to meet with legislators to discuss issues regarding safe, reliable, and affordable energy options for all Iowans.
This year’s reception was hosted at the State Historical Building by the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) in conjunction with Iowa BioTech Association, Iowa Institute for Cooperatives, Iowa Communications Alliance, and the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.
Nearly 100 legislators and 150 electric cooperative directors, managers, and staff were in attendance. This year’s event again provided legislators, directors, managers, and staff an opportunity to discuss issues of significant importance to rural Iowa.
In the coming months the Iowa General Assembly will be addressing a multitude of issues, including energy-related items central to Iowa’s rural economy. Beginning with the Welcome Back Legislative Reception, the directors, managers, and staff will again be important advocates for a balanced approach in addressing energy issues that allows for Iowa’s member-owned RECs to continue to provide affordable, reliable, safe, and environmentally responsible power.
Electric cooperative representatives from all parts of the state will come to Des Moines in the next couple of months for capitol visits, where they will be able to visit with their legislators once again. The annual REC Day on the Hill will be held on March 19, 2014, at the capitol.