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U.S. Rep. Latta and Ohio Rep. Jon Cross address energy issues at Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op Legislative Meeting

U.S. Rep. Latta and Ohio Rep. Jon Cross address energy issues at Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op Legislative Meeting

 

FINDLAY – On March 15, more than 200 consumer-members and elected officials gathered for Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative’s annual legislative meeting. U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and state Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) discussed regulatory issues affecting electric co-ops and their ability to deliver affordable energy.

Hancock-Wood President and CEO George Walton praised Latta for his support of electric cooperatives in rural Ohio.

“I can truly say that Congressman Latta is a congressman for the people,” Walton said. 

Latta and Cross both spoke about the importance of having reliable electricity and broadband internet service in rural Ohio. 

“Getting electricity to the rural areas is important. We need power in the rural areas because that’s where the industries are and that’s where the farms are,” Latta said. When it comes to broadband internet, “everything is switching over, and parts of my district don’t have connectivity. We are working on how to get that out to people. 

“We need to support economic development in Hancock County, and not only do we need to support these companies, but we also need to do more in rural broadband,” Cross continued. “Not only are companies interested in broadband, but many people now work from home, and where they choose to live will depend on if they have access to broadband service.” 

Marc Armstrong, director of government affairs for the statewide trade association Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, spoke about how the Action Committee for Rural Electrification, or ACRE, directly benefits co-ops and their consumer-members. 

“Ohio has one of the largest backings at the national level when it comes to the ACRE program,” he said. “We really appreciate the support the Ohio co-op members have given us.”

ACRE is the federal political action committee of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Founded in 1966 by about 1,000 member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, ACRE supports candidates for the U.S. House and Senate who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their consumer-members, who also have an ownership stake in their cooperative. 

“It is so important for us, as an electric cooperative which is member-owned, to keep pressure on agencies in Washington to protect co-op rights,” Walton said.

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Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned cooperative serving portions of 10 northwest Ohio counties. To learn more about Hancock-Wood’s presence in local charitable support, economic development, community service, and more, visit www.hwe.coop.

 

We demonstrate our Concern for Community by volunteering and donating to local charitable causes. Nearly $500,000 in grants have been distributed in the last decade through grants and Operation Round Up funds to individuals and organizations in need. We also provide assistance to Habitat for Humanity, schools, churches and community events. To learn more, click on Community Involvement above. learn more

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Hancock-Wood keeps Member owners informed about legislation that could impact their rights or lead to unstable energy costs. Your voice has been heard at the highest court in the land. In response to petitions by electric co-ops, states and industry, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the Clean Power Plan. This is an unprecedented act by the Supreme Court. To learn more, click on "Legislation" above or go to action.coop learn more