Iowa’s locally owned electric cooperatives have a long history of supporting energy efficiency; in fact, we’ve been offering cost-effective energy efficiency programs since the late 1980s. These programs include rebates and incentives for various energy-efficient products, such as Energy Star rated hot water heaters, clothes washers and dryers.
The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel and type of housing.
Southwest Iowa REC’s Lucas Dalton has successfully completed a comprehensive lineworker certification program. The Lineworker Certification Program is the time-tested benchmark of apprentice and lineworker training programs and is administered through the Northwest Lineman College. The Lineworker Certification Program is a distance-learning training program offered to electric utility and construction companies for the certification of their lineworker employees
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Leaders at Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) expressed guarded optimism about today's announcement by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources (NEER) and Alliant Energy that a 2020 closure of the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) will result in a win for the state of Iowa.
Wendy Wimer, Customer Service Representative, of Southwest Iowa REC was recognized for 30 years of service. Wendy works in Southwest Iowa REC’s office located in Mount Ayr. Southwest Iowa REC is honored to recognize Wendy for h
Have you ever had to stop your vehicle on the side of a busy highway to check on a flat tire or a trailer cover? Or maybe you’ve been pulled over by a police officer and worried about his or her safety on the shoulder of the road while hoping you can get away with just a warning!
Thirty-seven high school students representing Iowa’s locally owned electric cooperatives traveled to Washington, D.C., from June 8-14 and joined more than 1,800 other students from across the nation for the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Iowa’s electric cooperatives were the first ones to send students to Washington, D.C., back in 1958; this year marks the 60th anniversary of the journey.
Iowa’s electric cooperatives applaud the legislators who voted for passage of Senate File 2311, an energy bill that has several sections beneficial to cooperative member-owners, especially regarding affordability. Furthermore, we want to applaud Governor Reynolds for not believing the distortions of truth surrounding the bill, and instead, signing the bill into law.
As the winter energy assistance disconnection moratorium ends on April 1, electric cooperative member-owners who are behind on their utility payments are urged to contact their local co-op as soon as possible to work out payment options to avoid disconnection. Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives are willing to work with member-owners who have fallen behind on payments to find an agreeable solution; disconnection of service is always a last resort. Here are some services and programs designed to help those who are struggling to pay their electric bills: