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31-Jan-2019BARC Leaders Visit State Legislators

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com)


Millboro, VA – More than 150 electric cooperative leaders from across Virginia gathered in Richmond Jan. 29 to visit their state delegates and senators and discuss pending legislation of interest to electric cooperatives.

BARC Electric Cooperative’s delegation this year included CEO Michael Keyser and board members Michael Sandridge and John Quantz. The delegation had an opportunity to meet with Senator Creigh Deeds and newly elected Delegate Ronnie Campbell.

“We are pleased to have the support of our legislators in matters benefiting our customers, including our fiber-to-the-home project connecting underserved broadband consumers,” said Michael Keyser.

Among pending bills discussed with legislators were two of particular interest to electric cooperatives: one a landmark net-metering compromise sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant and Del. Tim Hugo; the other 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 committee and appeared to have good support among the lawmakers co-op groups visited.

“We had a very productive day on Capitol Hill in Richmond today,” said Andrew Vehorn, director of governmental affairs for VMDAEC after the day’s activities.

“Virginia’s electric cooperatives, as member-owned electric utilities, have very strong support among our lawmakers. The Legislative Day visits allow co-op directors and staff to cultivate and reinforce the good working relationships that co-ops have always had with their legislators,” he concluded.

About BARC

BARC Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned electric cooperative serving 13,000 residents, farms and businesses across five counties in Virginia. To continue to serve and meet the needs of its members, BARC constructed the first community solar garden in the Commonwealth and provides high-speed Internet, telephone and television service through BARC Connects, its wholly-owned fiber-to-the-home subsidiary. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To learn more about all the exciting things happening at BARC, visit www.barcelectric.com and www.barcconnects.net.