Representing your concerns with our state and national legislatures is a vital responsibility of your board of trustees and co-op management. Working with the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) we are knowledgeable of proposed legislation and work to make certain our elected officials are well-informed on how that legislation can impact cooperatives and their members.
We also provide a united voice and work to develop strategic alliances to effectively deal with state and national issues that affect the electric utility industry.
OAEC assists electric cooperatives across Oklahoma in doing collectively and cooperatively what we cannot economically or politically do alone. OAEC is an invaluable and economically feasible tool VVEC and other Oklahoma cooperatives use in fulfilling our mission.
NRECA is the national organization dedicated to representing the interests of electrical cooperatives and the consumers they serve. Its home page provides news on legislation and other issues relating to rural electric cooperatives.
EPA's proposed carbon emission standards could jeopardize your co-op's access to affordable power and increase electric bills. Electric cooperatives believe in an "all-of-the-above" strategy to our nation's energy policy. Reliable, low-cost power generated by coal drives America's local economies, sustains jobs, protects families from out-of-control energy costs, and truly keeps the lights on in homes and businesses. Together, co-op members and our advocates around the country have sent 500,000 comments to the EPA in opposition to the proposed New Source Performance Standards rule regulating new power plants. If you want your voice to be heard on these proposed regulations, visit Action.coop and let the EPA know of your opposition.