Why politics matters to co-ops and how you can help

Posted on Jun 05 2021 in Warren County REMC
Indiana Statehouse
Indiana Statehouse

For most people, their electricity provider is just the company that keeps the lights on. However, an REMC’s relationship with its consumer-owners is different. Since the 1930s, REMCs have thrived because of the political engagement between their consumer-owners and local, state and federal governments.

Indiana’s electric cooperatives advocate for rural Hoosiers like you on the state and federal levels so they can continue providing safe, reliable and affordable energy — and maintain the quality of life in rural communities. 

You might not know it, but your Warren County REMC directors and management team communicate with legislators regularly. Although we are not the ones spending days at the state capitol or in Washington, D.C., speaking on your behalf, we belong to organizations that are. Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC) represents all 38 REMCs from across Indiana at the state and federal levels of government. IEC helps us stay well-versed in any legislative issues that could impact your bills and encourages us to communicate with our legislators and members about those issues.

But electric cooperative consumer-owners need to participate in the process, too. Warren County REMC thrives when our members stay politically engaged and advocate for policies that help cooperatives best serve their consumers. 

How can you help do this? It all starts with grassroots activism. In the context of the electric cooperative program, “grassroots” is a powerful word. In fact, the historical success of the electric cooperatives can be largely credited to that single word.

The electric cooperative definition of “grassroots” is “electric cooperative activists — consumer-owners like you — who take an active role in the political process to protect their cooperative from harmful legislation and regulation, as well as to promote the value of cooperative ownership to their legislators.”

Grassroots — the unified efforts and voices of the nation’s electric co-op supporters — has proven to be the foundation of the industry’s 85 years of success in serving electric co-ops, their owners and their communities.

Join us and register to be a grassroots advocate for Warren County REMC by visiting action.indianaec.org/.