Rep. Koch Honored by REMCs

Legislation Promotes Affordable Electricity and Fairness

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Thursday, July 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford), Chairman of the House Utilities, Energy & Telecommunications Committee, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the Indiana Electric Cooperatives, formerly known as the Rural Electric Membership Cooperatives (REMC), on behalf of their 1.3 million Hoosier members ‘for his tireless efforts in promoting a fair and cooperative environment for Indiana’s electric utilities.’

“I am honored to be recognized by our state’s REMCs, which serve 1.3 million members throughout the state –primarily in our rural areas,” said Rep. Koch.  “I appreciate their support as we work to keep electric rates affordable for all Hoosiers.”

Rep. Koch sponsored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 309 to change state law regarding electric service territories to maintain the affordability of electricity for all Hoosiers.  Before the passage of this legislation, state law permitted the taking of service territory, members and infrastructure from electric cooperatives in many communities through the course of municipal annexation.

SEA 309 corrected this imbalance by providing that electric service territory exchanges in Indiana take place under a fair and equal set of guidelines that provide no advantage to any utility over another. 

“Indiana’s electric cooperatives are grateful for Rep. Eric Koch’s leadership and support with SEA 309,” said Scott Bowers, Vice President of Government Relations for Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC). “Rep. Koch’s bipartisan and inclusive approach to securing this legislation helps preserve affordable electricity for all Hoosiers and is to be applauded.”

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Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes all or part of Brown, Jackson, Johnson, Lawrence, and Monroe Counties.