Electric co-ops advocate for rural Iowa during “REC Day on the Hill”
Pictured left to right, Tim Pfeiffer, Duane Schafer, and Cecil Dolecheck, Iowa State Representative, visiting at Southwest Iowa REC’s booth.
More than 200 employees and directors, representing 36 of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives (RECs), traveled to the Iowa State Capitol on March 20 to advocate for important issues during our annual “REC Day on the Hill” event. The cooperative advocates were briefed on state and federal legislative issues by the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) before meeting with local legislators during a dessert social in the Capitol.
“This annual visit to the Iowa Capitol is an excellent opportunity to personally visit with our elected officials and provide them with a co-op perspective on issues that are important to rural Iowa and rural economic development,” remarked Steve Seidl, board president of IAEC.
Advocates educated legislators on the benefits of the cooperative business model, including local ownership, cost-based rates and democratic governance. Legislators also learned about three priorities important to Iowa’s electric cooperatives:
Southwest Iowa REC had a booth display in the rotunda that provided information on energy efficiency, rural economic development, electrical safety, scholarships and Youth Tour. Throughout the event, representatives from Southwest Iowa REC were able to visit with Representatives Cecil Dolecheck, Tom Moore, David Sieck, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, and Senators Mark Costello, Tom Shipley and Amy Sinclair.