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Board Approves Changes in Estate Patronage Refund Policy

Historically, Southwest Iowa REC has paid deferred patronage dividends to the estate of a deceased member at 100% face value when applied for.  These refunds have been paid out of the normal rotation cycle.  Other members have had to wait for a general patronage retirement to be approved by the Board of Directors to get their refund.  The normal general patronage retirement cycle is around 20 years but we have been on a 16 year cycle in recent history.  Best practice for our industry is, if an electric cooperative chooses to make special retirements, such as retirements

Iowa's Electric Co-ops Advocate at the Nation's Capital

Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives have returned from a successful trip to the nation’s capital. While in D.C., advocates met with Iowa’s congressional delegation on issues impacting their ability to provide reliable and affordable power.

The purpose of the trip is to ensure Iowa’s elected officials are fully aware of the thoughts and concerns of their constituents who are served by not-for-profit electric cooperatives.

Southwest Iowa REC Helps Build Stronger Rural Economy

Southwest Iowa REC is joining with 30,000 other cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Cooperative Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives help to build stronger communities and a stronger economy. “Cooperatives Build” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the many advantages cooperatives offer to their members and the communities in which they live and work. Nationwide, cooperatives create 2.1 million jobs and generate more than $650 billion in sales and other revenue annually.

Fall Brings Harvest Season into Full Swing

Harvest Safety

In order to stay safe on the farm, keep the following electrical safety guidelines in mind:

Wind Turbine Project Looking to Expand

Over the past nine years, 10 wind turbines have been erected in Adair and Cass counties, providing the local communities with power and an added tax base.

Project organizers are now looking at Ringgold and Clarke counties as possible locations to expand that project before tax credits run out at the end of 2017.

Pokemon Go WARNING!!

Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative warns players of the reality game "Pokémon GO" to stay away from power lines, transformers, and substations when playing the game.

Member Service Announcements

John Allen, Director of Member Services, retired on June 30th after 21 years of service to the members of Southwest Iowa REC. A retirement open house was held at the Mount Ayr office with approx. 100 people stopping by to wish John good luck. We wish John the best in his future endeavors. Congratulations, John!

John Allen Retires After 21 Years of Service!

Please join us on Thursday, June 30th from 1:00 - 3:00pm to celebrate John Allen's 21 years of service!

2016 NRECA Legislative Overview

REC advocates make most of valuable time in
Washington, D.C.

May 6, 2016 – Advocates from Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives have returned from a successful trip to the nation’s capital. While in D.C., advocates met with White House staff, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and congressional staff and honored former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

Iowa Co-ops Leading the Way on Solar


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