Jon Miles, General Manager, and Richard Welsh, Board President from Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative, along with about 30 other representatives from Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives have returned from Washington, D.C., after discussing energy and environmental issues with Iowa’s members of Congress earlier this week.
The purpose of the electric cooperatives annual congressional office visits, is to ensure Iowa’s elected officials are fully aware of the thoughts and concerns of their constituents who are served by electric cooperatives in Iowa.
The key issues that have the greatest impact on the 650,000 Iowans to whom the state’s electric cooperatives provide electricity included Rural Utility Service funding and opposing designating coal ash as hazardous.
“If not addressed properly, these issues will jeopardize our ability to provide reliable and affordable electricity to the Iowans we serve,” said Marion Denger, president of the board of directors for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives.
Information was left for each of Iowa’s six members of congress on the following issues:
FEMA’s policy change on storm recovery —Thanked Iowa’s Congressional delegation for signing the delegation letter to FEMA and for all of their efforts in urging FEMA to reconsider this dramatic change. Asked them to continue to ensure there is sufficient oversight of FEMA so that FEMA policies are consistently applied and in line with established practices.
Extending public comment period on rules for existing power plants — Asked members of Congress to support an adequate comment period of at least 120 days to allow co-ops and others the time to evaluate the implications of the EPA proposal and provide meaningful comments to the agency.
RUS funding —Thanked members of Congress for their ongoing support of the RUS Electric Loan Program. The RUS Electric Loan Program is critical in making sure that the capital for adequate electric infrastructure remains available at a reasonable cost.