NORTH BALTIMORE, OHIO – On April 16, U.S. Congressman Robert Latta of Ohio’s 5th District will speak at Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative’s annual Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) Legislative Meeting to discuss regulatory issues impacting electric co-ops’ ability to deliver affordable energy. Also speaking are State Representative Tim Brown and Sharen Neuhardt, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, along with Spencer Waugh, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Manager of Government Affairs.
Hancock-Wood President and CEO George Walton, who is hosting the meeting, said, “Our Ohio co-ops distribute energy from one of the most reliable and cleanest coal-fired generation stations in the world, while keeping rates affordable for our Members. For co-ops to maintain reliable service and reasonable costs, we need our members to help us fight against needless regulations at a time when our nation’s economy is just getting back on its feet. Unnecessary regulations will take us a step backward and cost us in jobs, economic development and economically-priced energy.”
On April 2, Congressman Latta questioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the burdensome regulations EPA imposes on businesses that impact Americans at an Energy and Commerce Committee joint hearing with the Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy.
Latta stated, “The increased cost of unneeded regulations would lead to an 18-percent decline in coal-generated power, resulting in higher unemployment and energy costs and further increasing our dependency on foreign countries for energy. In this economy, we cannot afford to lose any more jobs in Ohio or the United States. We need to get Washington out of the way of economic growth by tearing down barriers to energy independence and job creation.”
“Right here in this nation, we are sitting on energy for the rest of the world. We have 26 percent of the world’s coal in this country and we should be utilizing that clean-coal technology to make sure we keep the lights on.”
Other issues facing electric cooperatives also will be addressed including energy and operations, safety, reliability and legislative alerts. More information on these issues and how individuals can get involved may be seen at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) action.coop site.
ACRE is the political committee of the nation’s electric cooperatives. Founded in 1966 by the nearly 1,000 cooperatives of the NRECA, it supports candidates for state and federal office–those in office now and those running for office–who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their member-owners.
Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, established April 20, 1938, serves portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties. Throughout the cooperative’s history, HWEC has supported local causes through charitable contributions, volunteerism and other activities to make a positive impact on quality of life within the communities it serves.
For more information about Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, visit www.hwe.coop or call 800-445-4840.