We have recently been named a "5-Star Co-op" by Co-ops Vote, a program of America's electric cooperatives. This program encourages Cooperative members to learn more about political issues affecting the Cooperative. A member can register to vote; learn about local, state, and federal candidates; and understand issues important to the future of the Cooperative. To learn more, visit www.vote.coop.
Electric cooperatives are facing many legislative challenges that will affect the future of the Cooperative and the rates paid by members. One way members can help is by getting involved and making their voice heard. There are many resources available to help members become educated and stay informed about the issues.
Political Action Committees
Political action committees (or PACs) are an easy way for cooperative members to become involved in the political process. PACs allow ordinary citizens to pool their small contributions to make a meaningful donation to legislative candidates who support their point of view. That is precisely what our federal ACRE and state REPAC do.
The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE)® is the political action committee (PAC) of the nation's electric cooperatives. Founded in 1966 by the approximately 1,000 cooperatives of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), it supports candidates for state and federal office - those in office now and running for office - who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their member-owners.
REPAC is the state level equivalent of ACRE that helps Minnesota cooperative members pool resources to support candidates who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their member-owners.
MREA's Legislative Center provides information about the legislative issues Minnesota rural electric cooperatives are facing at both the state and federal levels of government.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed regulations that target existing power plants that could add to the price of electricity and have serious consequences for our communities. The regulations demand technology that doesn't currently exist and basically eliminate coal as an energy source. Cooperative Action Network's website www.action.coop enables members to let the EPA know that they support fair and reasonable regulations that will allow America's rural electric cooperatives to continue to provide reliable and affordable energy.