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ECE directors and staff attend NRECA Legislative Conference

Some 1,500 electric cooperative leaders advanced key co-op issues to Congressional staffers at Capitol Hill meetings during the 2016 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Legislative Conference, held May 1-3 in Washington, D.C.

ECE Directors Jerry Tvedt and Linda Laitala, Chief Finance Officer and Vice President of Member Services Cheryl Hagfors and Business Accounts and Energy Services Manager Mark Nelson were among the Minnesota co-op leaders who met with staffers involved in energy policy.

Co-ops addressed several issues, including the extension of tax credits for energy efficient geothermal heat pumps, continuation of the EPA’s non-hazardous designation for coal residuals such as fly ash, and reauthorization of the FEMA Disaster Reform Act of 2015. They also discussed the potential effects of the Clean Power Plan.

Co-op leaders also encouraged support for two new House caucuses to help promote co-op priorities. The Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus will focus on bridging the digital divide by bringing high-speed internet to rural areas, and the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus will focus on promoting the cooperative business model.

ECE directors and staff in Washington, D.C.

Cheryl Hagfors, Linda Laitala, Jerry Tvedt, and Mark Nelson
stop to take a quick selfie in Washington, D.C.

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