Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC) named Michael Charbonneau to its government relations team. He will serve as the association’s director of external government relations. Charbonneau will be responsible for representing IEC, its member cooperatives and the generation and transmission cooperatives with state and …Read More.
Government Relations and Legal Updates
Utility Disconnect Moratorium Ends
The moratorium on utility disconnects ended Aug. 14 as expected. Since March, Indiana utilities have been prohibited from disconnecting consumers for past due accounts. During this time, Indiana’s electric cooperatives have worked with their consumers to establish payment plans and …Read More.
21st Century Energy Task Force
The 21st Century Energy Task Force is expected to resume meeting Sept. 17. Hoosier Energy CEO Donna Walker represents the state’s cooperatives on this task force as a governor’s appointee. In early August, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IRUC) issued …Read More.
Jones joins Indiana Electric Cooperatives
Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC) named Alexandra Jones to its government relations team. She will serve as the association’s political action and grassroots coordinator. Jones, who was previously the association’s government relations intern, is responsible for leading IEC’s political action committees …Read More.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
First of Many COVID-19-Related Bills Earlier this Spring, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law. The bill has assisted American workers and families dealing with the effects of COVID-19. This legislation provided many workers with up to two weeks …Read More.
In-district Meetings with Legislators
The IEC will be setting up strategic regional in-district meetings with legislators and cooperative CEOs. The purpose of these meetings is to develop relationships between cooperative leadership and local state elected officials. If you have a specific legislator in mind …Read More.
Political Action Committee Solicitations
Thank you for your continued support of Indiana ACRE and Indiana FORE. Political participation has been and remains a crucial requirement to the future success of electric cooperatives in Indiana. As such, IEC welcomes the opportunity to visit your cooperative …Read More.
Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program
The second round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program, Indiana’s broadband grant program, kicked off in January. Nearly 40% of all applications were filed by an Indiana electric cooperative. More than $100 million in requests were made by …Read More.
Spring 2020 Legislative Session Update
The 2020 Indiana General concluded in early March. The following are summaries of the primary legislation from this session. HEA 1414 – ELECTRIC GENERATION Signed by governor March 21 Bill Summary A public utility may not retire, sell or transfer …Read More.
Issues with Utility Locates and Relocates
Late in 2019, IEC heard from some member cooperatives several complaints about certain utilities not marking their facilities in the statutory time frame, and cooperatives were inadvertently cutting facilities owned by other utilities. The issue was discussed with some legislators …Read More.