Nearly three thousand leaders representing electric cooperatives from around the nation met with Members of Congress and their legislative staff during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s annual legislative conference held last week in Washington DC. Members of Horry Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees and James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO, were among those who participated.
“The cost of energy is one of many things impacting the wallets of our members,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of HEC. “Electric cooperative leaders have been and are continuing to ask Congress to take action on consumer-friendly proposals that will help keep electricity affordable,” he adds.
The tone for the legislative conference was set by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
(NRECA). “Horry Electric and our sister electric cooperatives in South Carolina collectively tackled the job of communicating with congressional representatives from South Carolina,” says Howle. “We asked them to take action on several important issues that will have an impact on electric bills.”
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Availability of the CEO to Member Email program was featured at the Annual Meeting as another way Horry Electric Cooperative is looking out for members.
“We have two opportunities for members to learn about the issues and hopefully add their voices to the conversation,” says Howle, pointing out that the ongoing Our Energy, Our Future® national grassroots campaign is the best place to start. “This effort engages members in the conversation with elected officials about how we meet legislative goals while keeping electricity reliable and affordable.”
The Our Energy, Our Future site is maintained by NRECA. “Visitors to the site can learn about the issues , check out the latest news related to the issues and even join the campaign to communicate directly with members of Congress,” says Howle. “There are even options to follow the grassroots effort on YouTube, Twitter and on Facebook.”
The other opportunity was announced to members at the Annual Meeting of Members in April. “Decisions being made in the nation’s capital will impact our electric bills in the future,” said Howle when he made the announcement. “To stay connected with the latest news with email updates directly from me, sign up for our latest communications program – CEO to Member Email.”
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