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My Rural Electric Cooperative President Franklin D.

Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in the mid1930s to loan financial aid to rural electric cooperatives to expand the outreach of electric service. The problem was that commercial power companies weren t capable of reaching out their electric services to these areas at an affordable cost to the agricultural industry. Those companies were providing electricity to most people in urban are as at the time, but believed running electric lines all the way out to countryside farms wasn t fe asible. Caddo Electric Cooperative began in 1937 with its first loan from the REA of $18 0,000. It started out by building line to serve only about 500 members in three counties. One major step for Caddo occurred in 1941 when Western Farmers Electric Cooperative was created after a charter was granted, and Caddo began purchasing power from Western. Its biggest growth period was during and several years after World War II, in terms of size and ser vices. Then from 1955 to 1982 the company saw steady growth in kWh sales, a decrease starting in 8 3, and returned to an increase in 1993. It is still seeing increase. The cooperative ha s had three general managers: Mr. Billie Bryan up through 1973, then Mr. Doyle Marlett until 1995, a nd now Mr. Bob Thomasson. Rural electric cooperatives, like Caddo Electric, differ in several ways from ot her electric utilities such as public utility districts, public power districts, cityowned municipal electric systems, or investor owned utilities. In general, cooperatives use different nam ing for the people they serve. Other utilities refer to their customers as consumers, while coopera tives prefer to say they serve members. Cooperatives, as well as PUDs and PPDs, are always non p rofit. Any surplus of money a cooperative makes above operating costs is returned to member s as capital credits. They also receive federal assistance. However, cooperatives get it in a different way, through the Rural Utilities Service (what became of the REA). Its loans are the advantage of being part of a cooperative because they make service more reliable and affordab le. My concerns on keeping electricity affordable arise with the knowledge it is alw ays under the threat of government regulations that can raise the prices, such as proposal s to regulate emissions from power plants. Certain things like this can raise the production c osts in those systems and thus affect the prices we pay for electricity. If the energy costs g o up, it can really hurt the economy. Families paying more to keep their homes powered would have le ss income left to spend on other goods and services. Businesses would be affected as well. If they re

having to spend more on power for their operations. it drives up the prices of t he goods and .

keepelectricityaffordable. other than pla cing harsh mandates on power generation plants. coming back to affect the consumers again.htm What We re About | Keep Electricity Affordable http://www.lmre.ect.com/v2/history/ TVA: Electricity For All http:// newdeal.org/default/130312/ Dividing_Lines_what_makes_electric_cooperatives _different_from_other_types_of_utilities_lies_in_their_core_mission.feri.org/tva/tva10. I think a favorable a pproach would be to propose that new ways be found to address carbon emissions. Resources Coops to EPA: Keep Power Affordable http://www.org/whatwereabout .coop/regulatorywatch/ environmentalregulation/ coopstoepakeeppowe raffordable/ 63229 Dividing Lines http://www.aspx History | Caddo Electric Cooperative http://caddoelectric. Keeping electr icity affordable prevents this domino effect from occurring in our economy.services they provide.