TCEC meets with Members of Congress to share issues impacting Florida electric cooperatives
Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) board members George Webb, Elmer Coker, and Donnie Waldrep joined other Florida-based electric cooperatives in Washington, D.C. to discuss important issues facing the electric utility industry in the Sunshine State. Also representing TCEC were CEO, Julius Hackett, and Community Relations Director, Kaitlynn Culpepper.
April 10 – 12, TCEC’s wholesale power provider, Seminole Electric Cooperative (Seminole) and its nine Member cooperatives, including the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, met with a total of 26 Florida Members of Congress and their staff, as well as both Florida senators.
Discussions included thanking congress for their support of electric cooperatives and their members and employees. TCEC took advantage of the opportunity to meet with Congressman Al Lawson and Congressman Neal Dunn to address issues that were important to our members in Madison, Taylor & Jefferson Counties. Those issues included FEMA reform, employee pension plans, and the reauthorization of the 2018 Farm Bill, which has an important focus on Rural Economic Development, investment and support of broadband for rural Americans, and amendments to the Rural Electrification Act.
“The issues we were able to discuss with our congressmen and senators are crucial to providing safe, affordable, and reliable electricity to TCEC’s over 12,000 members and their families in rural North Florida.” said CEO, Julius Hackett
The meetings were proceeded by the 2018 Legislative Conference of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), in which more than 2,000 electric cooperatives from around the country gathered together in Washington to celebrate the impact of the nation’s rural electric cooperatives. Speakers included U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who praised NRECA members for their service to millions of Americans across the nation.
Florida’s electric cooperatives, including TCEC, will continue to advocate for energy policies that support quality electricity for our members. If you are interested in participating, please visit www.action.coop today!