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May 17, 2013

RUS funding and EPA regulations were the focus of discussions with congressional staff in the nation’s capital

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Pole attachments – Asked congress to maintain the cooperative exemption from the federal pole attachment statute and reject any recommendation from telecommunications or broadcast interests that electric cooperatives should be subject to federal pole attachment regulations. 
Storm recovery – Asked Congress to continue to work with FEMA, supporting the assistance they provide to Iowa’s electric cooperatives following storms such as the recent April ice storm in northwest Iowa.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency – Provided examples of how the electric cooperatives are engaged in renewable energy and energy efficiency. 
 “I believe the Iowa congressional delegation now has a better understanding of how legislation and regulations being discussed in Congress would affect the affordability and reliability of electricity in Iowa,” John Smith, CEO of Pella Cooperative Electric said.
Pella Cooperative Electric is a member-owned utility and serves electricity to several communities and rural areas in Jasper, Mahaska, Marion, Poweshiek and Warren counties.
 

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