Iowa’s locally owned electric cooperatives have been balancing the need for safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible power for decades. As conversations include talk about a clean energy economy, it’s important to set realistic expectations about the timeline.

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For Iowa’s electric co-ops, our cooperative principles guide us in good times and bad – even during derecho storms and global pandemics. Your local electric co-op strives to power your family and community no matter what may come our way.

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An new Iowa program will provide eligible households with up to $2,000 toward electric, natural gas and water bills if they are at risk of disconnection due to an inability to pay due to a COVID-19-related loss of income.

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Iowa’s locally owned electric cooperatives have a long and successful history of working with elected officials and policymakers to advocate for their member-consumers. Even during a pandemic, this work continues.

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The 2020-2021 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. 

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The Iowa Economic Development Authority recently expanded eligibility for its new program to assist small businesses and nonprofits struggling to pay their electric and natural gas bills due to economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Your electric cooperative is speaking with lawmakers to make sure they understand that the best way for them to help the electric co-ops and Iowa’s rural economy is to help you. The cooperative principle of “Concern for Community” has been driving our response to the pandemic every day.

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All eyes will be on Iowa in February when the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses take place in the heart of the Midwest. Iowa’s electric cooperative members, in all the state’s 99 counties, are encouraged to learn more about the process and meet with candidates when they visit your communities.

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As the second session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly commences in mid-January, it serves as an opportunity to reinforce our cooperative spirit as we advocate for policies at the Statehouse.

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The electric grid has been called the most important engineering achievement of the 20th Century. What if the grid can also transition us to a clean energy economy in the 21st Century? 

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