Entries by Lee Howell

Broad River Electric Cooperative Hosts Donald Trump

As the race for the White House heads towards Super Tuesday, Rural Power continues to engage candidates on the campaign trail, telling them the story of rural electric co-ops and asking a simple question: What is your plan to ensure safe, affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electricity? The Rural Power campaign has grown to include […]

Georgia Rural Power Hits the Campaign Trail

The Rural Power campaign continues to engage 2016 presidential candidates on the campaign trail. In the past several weeks, Rural Power has spread its reach beyond Iowa and has begun to actively engage campaigns in Georgia, where the primary election is scheduled for March 1st. Our advocates were also some of the few selected to […]

On the Trail

As the candidates continue to hold events in early caucus and primary states, our advocates are on the ground asking them a simple question: What is your plan to ensure an adequate supply of reliable and affordable electricity across America? In the past week, advocates for rural electric cooperatives engaged Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) at campaign trail stops […]


USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Eastern Iowa Light & Power Cooperative last week to announce a historic $44 million loan to the coop to improve 350 miles of electric line in eastern Iowa. The grant is the largest electric distribution loan ever issued by the USDA’s Rural Utilities Services in Iowa. The loan includes funding for smart-grid technology and other improvements to […]


The Iowa Caucuses are heating up and last weekend saw many of the major candidates, including all of the Democratic contenders, in the state for events. Our grassroots Rural Power advocates were on the ground and engaging candidates and campaign staff in a discussion about America’s electric cooperatives and the importance of providing affordable and reliable electricity. On Friday, July 17th, the […]