Madison Erstine, domestic policy adviser for Sen. Tom Cotton, and representatives from the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas participate in roundtable discussions at the 2024 NRECA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jennifer Christman Cia.
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More than 1,200 representatives from electric cooperatives across the United States, including Arkansas, participated in the 2024 Legislative Conference of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) from April 21-24 in Washington, D.C.

The aim of the annual conference, attended by board members and cooperative employees, is to push for policies that ensure reliable, affordable electricity for rural America.

Bill Gossage, chief external affairs officer for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, said, “At the heart of everything we do is the well-being of our members and the betterment of communities. Representing our members’ interests on important issues with key decision-makers is essential to our mission of providing power that is Reliable, Affordable and Responsible.”

Gossage moderated roundtable meetings that the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas hosted with the staff members of the Arkansas congressional delegation: Sen. John Boozman, Sen. Tom Cotton, Rep. Rick Crawford, Rep. French Hill, Rep. Bruce Westerman and Rep. Steve Womack.

Electric cooperative leaders discussed five major issues that impact reliability with policymakers. The issues were: reliability; opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s power plant rule; protection of U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for co-ops; alleviating supply chain challenges; and safeguarding rural electric infrastructure.

Gossage said, “We very much appreciate our delegation for the time and attention they gave to us in April and the dedication that they give to our members and all Arkansans every day.”