FEMA Policy Could Devastate Electric Cooperatives
Please get involved and demand that FEMA reconsider a dramatic policy change that endangers the welfare of your electric cooperative. Ask Senators Grassley and Harkin, along with Representatives Braley and Loebsack to direct FEMA to have an open dialogue with electric cooperatives about how to fairly resolve this issue.
Recently, the Federal Emergency Management Administration decided to dramatically change the rules on how electric cooperatives receive federal disaster assistance to deal with the aftermath of a tornado, snow/ice storms or other catastrophic weather events. These potential new rules would require the Cooperative to remove three 20 foot sections of conductor, per mile of line, for annual testing. For Osceola Electric Cooperative this annual test would add over $1,100.00 monthly to every members bill. Also, this testing is not required by any federal, state or local regulatory body.
This change in FEMA policy makes no sense from an electrical engineering stand point and will in fact serve to weaken Osceola Electric Cooperative.
Please get involved and demand that FEMA reconsider this dramatic change. Direct FEMA to have an open dialogue with electric cooperatives about how this issue can be fairly resolved.
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