Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Press Release

October 29, 2019

Twelve volunteer linemen from electric cooperatives in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin recently returned from an international project called “Partners for a Brighter Tomorrow.” The group worked for 16 days to build out infrastructure to electrify 42 households, a school, a health outpost and a church in a rural north-central Guatemalan village. The team worked in conjunction with the NRECA International foundation which has implemented electrification programs across the globe for over 50 years.

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September 27, 2019

Earlier this week, 37 electric cooperative representatives flew to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives annual Fall Legislative Fly-In. Iowa electric cooperative managers, directors and employees spent three days sharing the electric cooperative story with legislators and policymakers.

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April 11, 2019

More than 70 linemen from Iowa’s electric cooperatives are heading north to help neighboring electric co-ops as they work to restore power following Winter Storm Wesley. The storm delivered substantial ice accumulations and high winds along Iowa’s northern border and throughout Minnesota, causing broken poles and ice-packed conductor wire to fall to the ground. Overburdened branches and broken trees have also caused outages. High winds have made progress difficult today as linemen battle the elements to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

As of 4:00 p.m., just over 4,400 meters served by Iowa’s electric cooperatives are without power, with most being located along the state’s northern border. View live outage updates from Iowa’s electric cooperatives at  For those who are without power, contact your local electric cooperative or power utility directly to report your outage and to receive progress updates. Find photos of damage and updates on our Facebook page at 

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May 4, 2018

Iowa’s electric cooperatives thank the Iowa Legislature for passing Senate File 2311, and we applaud Governor Kim Reynolds for signing the legislation into law earlier today. The legislation includes several sections which are beneficial to cooperative member-owners, especially with regard to rate affordability. 

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March 14, 2018

The sun was shining brightly as more than 200 rural electric cooperative (REC) employees and directors, representing 38 co-ops, traveled to the Iowa State Capitol on March 14 to advocate on behalf of their member-owners during their annual REC Day on the Hill event. With the proposed Energy Omnibus Bill working its way through the House, co-ops met with legislators to discuss regulatory parity and clarity in addition to maintaining fair and affordable rates. Iowa’s electric co-ops support efficiency programs that are cost-effective. The co-ops also strongly support a utility’s ability to recover fixed costs associated with providing safe, reliable service, ensuring that all co-op members pay equitably to use and maintain the electric grid.

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December 1, 2017

With the theme of “Building Legacy through Leadership,” the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) celebrated its milestone 75th anniversary with more than 600 attendees at its annual meeting in West Des Moines on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Board directors and senior staff from dozens of Iowa’s not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives attended the one-and-a-half day meeting, where they had an opportunity to hear from Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who was introduced by EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford on Friday morning. Pruitt sat with IAEC Executive Vice President Chuck Soderberg on stage for 45 minutes, answering questions about how the EPA is providing flexibility and certainty to power suppliers through a common-sense regulatory framework under the Trump Administration. 

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September 11, 2017

In the electric industry, Mother Nature’s worst brings out our best, and the same can be said in Hurricane Irma’s wake. Earlier this morning, 46 linemen and 26 vehicles from fifteen of Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives headed out to Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Corporation in southeast Georgia to help restore extensive power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. As of Monday morning, Okefenoke REMC reported that 95% of its electric system was offline. The Iowa linemen will provide needed manpower and assistance to make repairs and restore electricity as safely and as quickly as possible along the Florida-Georgia line. Based on initial damage reports, the Iowa linemen could be in Georgia for two weeks or longer if needed.

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June 29, 2017

Franklin Rural Electric Cooperative and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today announced that Britta Becker has won the 2017 Glenn English Scholarship. This is one of five scholarships given to college students by the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Fund. Scholarship winners have all shown a commitment to the Seven Cooperative Principles.

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June 29, 2017

Iowa drivers are quick to move over for flashing red and blue lights on vehicles such as police cars, firetrucks or ambulances. Now they also need to be on the lookout for flashing amber lights on garbage, tow, and bucket trucks, and all other utility vehicles.

Effective July 1, Iowa law requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary utility and maintenance vehicles with flashing lights activated. Across the country, all states have “move over” laws, but only 12 states specifically protect utility service vehicles.

This expanded law is designed to protect motorists and Iowa’s utility workers who are at high risk while performing their duties on Iowa’s roadways. Motorists can face penalties for violating the law, such as receiving traffic tickets or having their driver’s license revoked.
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May 2, 2017

More than 35 representatives from dozens of Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives recently returned from a successful trip to the nation’s capital. While in Washington, D.C., the advocates attended high-level briefings on key issues impacting the electric industry and met with Iowa’s Congressional Delegation to discuss priorities. While many issues were discussed, Iowa’s electric co-ops focused on the President’s budget proposal, the Farm Bill reauthorization, and geothermal tax credits. The purpose of the trip, an annual gathering of electric cooperatives from across the country, is to ensure that elected officials are fully aware of the thoughts and concerns of their constituents who are served by rural electric cooperatives.

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