Numerous Iowa companies, nominated by their local electric cooperatives, received Iowa Venture Awards during the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ Annual Meeting on Dec. 5.

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When IAEC's Chuck Soderberg traveled to a rural village in Guatemala in October, he was shocked to see how difficult life was without access to electricity. There was no running water, no refrigeration or indoor plumbing. Thanks to a cooperative effort, change is coming.

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Before Iowa’s four electric cooperative linemen went to Central America, they had some idea what it would be like in the small rural village of Salina 7 Cerros in north-central Guatemala. Once there, however, it was beyond anything they had ever imagined or experienced.

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It takes a village to electrify a village, and that was the mission of an electric cooperative line crew. On Sept. 30, 12 linemen – including four from Iowa – embarked on a mission to bring electricity to a region of north-central Guatemala. Approximately 1 out of 5 Guatemalans do not have power.

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About one in 10 Americans receives their power the way you do, from a locally owned electric cooperative. Electric co-ops belong to the people they serve – that would be you and your neighbors.

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In September, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (IAEC) board members toured one of Iowa’s best-kept secrets – the REA Power Plant Museum in Hampton. In celebration of National Co-op Month, it’s fitting that we dig into our archives to re-tell the story of this iconic landmark.

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During three educational and fun-filled days on NIPCO's Energy Trail Tours, members are immersed in rural electric cooperative history, the co-op business model, and the Touchstone Energy® brand as well as gaining a deeper understanding and pride about the cooperative difference.

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Touchstone Energy's newest initiative – the Main Street Summit – was a three-day event, drawing 135 attendees from around the country and proved Iowa is where powerful possibilities unfold!

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Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) and its 13 member systems recently hosted its annual golf and charity events at the Legacy Golf Club, with proceeds benefiting Wildwood Hills Ranch in St. Charles.

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Utility-sponsored Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) are a key tool providing statewide impact for community infrastructure, business growth, and job creation and retention.

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