Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two proposals limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants. These proposals have the potential to affect the affordability and reliability of electricity.
Thanks to many advocates like you, Iowa’s electric cooperatives were able to send over 10,000 comments to the EPA urging them to adopt “all-of-the-above” energy strategies. The nation’s electric cooperatives sent over a million comments. As a result of your efforts, the EPA now has a better understanding of how these new proposed rules could affect the reliability and affordability of power in rural Iowa.
Recently, as part of the Iowa Rural Power campaign, employees, directors and managers of your cooperative reached out to Iowa’s congressional candidates to advocate on behalf of member-owners. Iowa’s newly elected congressional delegation is educated and keeping a close eye on the two EPA proposals.
Cooperatives around the state are hosting their Fall Legislative Meetings for local legislators. These meetings educate legislators on the REC’s legislative agenda, highlight rural economic development and explain the EPA proposals. The state legislative session begins on January 12, 2015. Iowa’s electric cooperatives will be hosting their annual Welcome Back Reception on January 13. At the reception, representatives from the co-ops will continue to educate their state legislators on the EPA proposals.
The EPA plans to finalize their proposal and issue a final rule in June 2015. Between now and then, EPA will review the comments they received and host meetings with stakeholders (including co-ops). Iowa’s electric cooperatives will continue to advocate for affordable, reliable, safe and environmentally responsible power. Follow Iowa Rural Power on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on advocacy activities. Thank you again for your hard work and participation in this advocacy effort.