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Youth programs available

Rural Electric Cooperative is offering youth programs to students within REC's service territory. High School juniors could win an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. or Steamboat Springs, Colorado, while eighth graders could win a trip to Canyon Camp in Hinton, Oklahoma. High school seniors could win a scholarship to help with college expenses. 

Annual Meeting set for October 6

Soon Rural Electric Cooperative members will gather for the 79th Annual Membership Meeting.

Annual Meeting will be held in REC’s Multi Purpose Center in Lindsay on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until the beginning of the business meeting at 10 a.m.

The business session will update members on the Co-op’s activities from 2017, have a report from the Board President, Gary Jones, and CEO, Dale Nye, will present financial and operational information.

Priorities for the Farm Bill final version

The House and Senate each passed versions of the Farm Bill earlier this summer and are seeking to reach a compromise on the legislation in the fall.

NRECA is urging lawmakers on the Farm Bill conference committee, tasked with coming up with the final version of the bill, to consider electric co-ops’ priorities.

“We are encouraging Congress to pass a final Farm Bill that supports several key policy issues for electric co-ops and their member-consumers in rural America,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson.

Here are the top priorities for co-ops: 

Solar surges in rural communities

Five years ago, many people in the electric industry viewed solar energy as a kind of “boutique” resource––more an energy accessory than a real power supply option. But in the last half-decade, as the costs to install solar went down and electric utilities gained experience with this unique energy resource, there has been a dramatic transformation, and solar energy has made the jump to the big leagues.