Co-ops Meet with Legislators During Modified ‘Rally in Raleigh’ - Carolina Country

Co-ops Meet with Legislators During Modified ‘Rally in Raleigh’

Local co-ops adapt to COVID-19 restrictions to engage policymakers

Co-ops Meet with Legislators During Modified ‘Rally in Raleigh’
Rep. Pat McElraft (R-13), on left, met with Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative’s Communications Specialist Melissa Glenn.

Electric co-ops across North Carolina held roughly 100 meetings with legislators in March as part of this year’s Rally in Raleigh. Most meetings were virtual, although some face-to-face meetings did occur if it was possible to do so taking proper COVID-19 safety precautions.

“While our engagement with legislators looks different this year, local co-ops adapted to COVID-19 safety precautions and moved to mostly virtual meetings with their local legislators,” said Jay Rouse, director of Government Affairs for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “This local engagement is critical for us to reach all legislators in a year that could see significant discussions and legislation regarding energy policy, broadband policy, and other issues impacting electric co-op members.”

This year, meetings focused on a variety of issues affecting local communities, including rural broadband access and energy policy. Legislators were reminded that electric co-ops support innovation, but the pace of any change must be balanced with the cost to, and value for, members.

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