Richmond ― More than 150 electric cooperative leaders from across Virginia gathered in Richmond Jan. 29 for Legislative Day activities sponsored by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.
The Legislative Day event is held each year and gives electric cooperative leaders the opportunity to visit their state delegates and senators and discuss pending legislation of interest https://vmdaec.smugmug.com/GovtAf/2019-Legislative-Day/i-Xb5M2HP to electric cooperatives.
Central Virginia Electric Cooperative’s delegation this year included Director George Goin and his wife Claudia, Director Roberta Harlowe, Director Gloria Vest, Key Accounts and Member Engagement Representative Galen Creekmore, Communication and Member Services Manager Melissa Gay, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tina Mallia, and President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Wood. (Photo caption (L-R): Galen Creekmore, Gloria Vest, Senator Mark Peake, Melissa Gay, Roberta Harlowe)
Among pending bills discussed with legislators were two of particular interest to electric cooperatives: HB2547/SB1769, a landmark net-metering compromise sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant and Del. Tim Hugo, and SB1346, a regulatory-efficiency bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Newman.
Both bills would benefit electric cooperatives across Virginia if they become law, and both advanced unanimously out of Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and appear to have momentum in the legislature.
“We had a very productive day on Capitol Hill,” said Tina Mallia, CVEC Vice President, after the day’s activities. “The Legislative Day visits allow for cooperative directors and staff to share with lawmakers how they are serving their communities and how proposed legislation will affect their constituents,” she concluded.
Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit, electric utility serving almost 37,000 homes, farms and businesses in the rural portions of 14 Virginia counties. CVEC is
proud to be a Four-Star Cooperative for Service Excellence certified by the Touchstone Energy Service Excellence Program. For more information, visit www.mycvec.com.