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Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

What is The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives?
IAEC is a statewide organization serving Iowa's rural electric cooperatives, providing guidance and support on issues common to the rural electric cooperatives. Services offered include: legislative representation at the state and national levels, safety programs, youth activities, statewide disaster plans, review of utility regulations, benefit administration, communication programs, and a monthly magazine for Iowa's rural electric cooperative consumers. IAEC represents the interests of 34 distribution co-ops and 7 generation & transmission co-ops, which power the lives of 650,000 Iowans throughout all 99 counties. Iowa's electric cooperatives are committed to delivering power that is safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible for their member-owners. Learn more in our About section.

Who are the IAEC directors?
An IAEC director must be a director of the Iowa-based electric cooperative he/she represents. The IAEC board is comprised of seven directors, each representing one of the seven regional districts in the state, and an electric cooperative manager. Directors are elected for a three-year term, nominated at the district meetings, and elected at the IAEC annual meeting in December.

The current directors (as of 2014) include:

  • District 1 — Larry White, assistant secretary-treasurer, Access Energy Cooperative
  • District 2 — Don Shonka, East-Central Iowa REC
  • District 3 — Larry Tjaden, vice president, Heartland Power Cooperative
  • District 4 — Frank Riley, Clarke Electric Cooperative 
  • District 5 — Steve Seidl, secretary-treasurer, Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative
  • District 6 — Marion Denger, president, Prairie Energy Cooperative
  • District 7 — Shirley Benson, North West REC 
  • Manager — Kirk Trede, Eastern Iowa Light & Power Cooperative 


IAEC Committees:

ACRE/FORE Committee - the committee that serves the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors in an advisory capacity regarding political action (Action Committee for Rural Electrification and Friends of Rural Electrification) matters.

Association Services Committee — a committee that serves in an advisory capacity to the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives board on membership needs regarding communication, education and other services provided by or through the association.

Government Relations Committee — the committee that serves the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors in an advisory capacity regarding legislative matters.

Regulatory Affairs Committee — the committee that serves the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors in an advisory capacity regarding regulatory matters.

Safety and Loss Control Committee — serves the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives board in an advisory capacity regarding safety matters.

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