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Congressman Ed Perlmutter Meets With CREA Board

March 30, 2012

We appreciate the time taken by Congressman Ed Perlmutter this morning to visit with the CREA Board of Directors. We thanked the Congressman for his recent support of several issues that impact Colorado’s electric cooperatives. Congressman Perlmutter joined the other six members of the Colorado House delegation in signing a letter to the House Agriculture Appropriations committee supporting RUS loan funding. Congressman Perlmutter also supported a bill last year that would prohibit the EPA from regulating coal ash as a hazardous material (thereby increasing costs to consumers). He also supported common sense amendments to the Dodd-Frank legislation that would increase borrowing costs to electric co-ops.

At the meeting this morning, CREA board members advised Congressman Perlmutter that the Department of Energy has proposed a change in the operations of the power marketing administrations, including the Western Area Power Administration, that threaten the availability of low-cost hydropower to Colorado energy consumers. We encouraged the Congressman to follow this issue and oppose measures that would interfere with Western’s role in providing preference power to cooperative and municipal customers. We also advised the Congressman of the recently-proposed EPA greenhouse gas rules that preclude new coal-fired generation and of our concerns about the impact of these rules on the cost of electricity for rural consumers. Congressman Perlmutter expressed his support for the continued use of coal-fired generation along with new technology to improve the efficiency of those units.

The federal political action committee ACRE, in consultation with the Colorado committee, have decided to support Congressman Perlmutter in his 2012 re-election effort, and we appreciate his support of co-op issues.

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