This week 50 electric cooperative leaders from Illinois joined nearly 2,000 co-op representatives from other states at NRECA’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss priority policy issues important to electric cooperatives and their members. At the conference, they heard remarks from Neil Chatterjee, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, various federal legislators, including Congressman John Shimkus, and NRECA staff.
Additionally, the Illinois group had the opportunity to meet with members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation and their staffs’ on Capitol Hill to engage in a dialogue about co-op legislative and regulatory issues. This included visits with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, Congressman Mike Bost, Congressman Rodney Davis, Congressman John Shimkus, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Darin LaHood, and a legislative aide to Congressman Adam Kinzinger. Among key priorities that they discussed and advocated for was legislation to protect the tax-exempt status of electric cooperative’s; an effort to include programs beneficial to rural communities in an infrastructure package; thanking them for the passage of FEMA funding formula reform language; and continuing our mission of providing safe, affordable and reliable electricity to our member-owners.