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CIPCO Hosts U.S. Representative Rod Blum


DATE: October 13, 2015
CONTACT: Kerry Koonce
PHONE/EMAIL: (515) 362-7699,

CEDAR RAPIDS – Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), a generation and transmission utility serving Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, hosted a visit by U.S. Representative Rod Blum and his staff at the Cedar Rapids facility.  

Representative Blum visited CIPCO to meet with member rural electric cooperatives, directors and staff to learn more about the rural utility industry in Iowa. CIPCO, Consumers Energy, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative, Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative and T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative provided Representative Blum with an overview of the industry successes, challenges and opportunities.  Discussions focused on the success of economic development endeavors, challenges with implementing the Clean Power Plan, and the changes taken place with energy generation.

“It’s an honor for CIPCO to showcase the utility industry along with our member cooperatives for Representative Blum,” said CIPCO CEO Dennis Murdock. “We want our Iowa delegation to understand the critical role rural electric cooperatives play within the success of a community.”

As the largest cooperative generation and transmission utility in Iowa, CIPCO maintains a balanced energy portfolio and ownership of electric generation assets.   Currently, 60 percent of CIPCO’s energy portfolio comes from carbon-free resources including wind, nuclear and hydroelectric.  CIPCO supplies all power requirements for its member cooperatives, and as their power provider, CIPCO is dedicated to delivering quality, safe and reliable service at the lowest possible cost.


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