Director Mark Earhart attended this year’s Fall Legislative Fly-in to Washington D.C., joining 25 representatives from Iowa co-ops to advocate for their co-op members.
While there, the group attended high-level briefings on key issues impacting the electric industry and met with all six members of Iowa’s Congressional Delegation to discuss priorities and concerns.
Advocates shared concerns that could impact electric cooperatives’ ability to provide reliable and affordable power, including federal EPA mandates that may force electric generation plants to shut down prematurely. Additionally, the co-op representatives talked about continued supply chain challenges and how they impact day-to-day operations.
“I’m glad I was able to attend the event this year because it is so important to meet face-to-face when talking about the effects our leaders’ decisions have on our co-op members,” Earhart said. “And I think both sides walked away with a greater understanding of our positions.”
Pictured above: Farmers Electric Board Member Mark Earhart is pictured, back row center, with the Iowa group as they visit with U.S. Rep. Zach Nunn at the U.S. Capitol in September.