Representatives of Intercounty Electric Cooperative Association attended a cooperative conference. 

Making sure that electric bills are affordable to consumers across the nation was the focus of the nearly 2,500 electric cooperative leaders who descended April 28-30 on Washington, D.C., for a legislative conference sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Representatives from the 900-plus electric cooperatives nationwide visited Capitol Hill offices during the conference to discuss a wide range of issues, including climate change, Rural Utilities Service loans and energy efficiency with congressional staff.

Tom Fleener, Salem, and Ted Sheppard, Cabool, directors of Intercounty Electric Cooperative, Licking, were among 51 rural electric leaders from Missouri who participated.

While at the conference, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Jefferson City, and Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Springfield, co-hosted a reception to honor NRECA’s new CEO Jo Ann Emerson.

A nine-term Missouri House member and long-time friend of Missouri’s electric cooperatives, Emerson resigned late last year to accept the post.

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