More so than ever, public policies — more specifically, government policies — are driving energy prices, choices, and availability. We have experienced a dramatic run-up in the price of every form of energy in less than a year’s time. We continue to witness both actual blackouts and near misses on a more regular basis. Electric cooperatives across the United States and here in Ohio represent less than 10% of the electric industry, but we continue to be among the strongest advocates for reliable, affordable, always-available electricity systems.
Local control of each electric cooperative and collaboration among cooperatives to develop large-scale projects, like the power generation plants owned and controlled by Ohio’s electric cooperatives, help us deliver on our mission of providing electricity service you can count on and you can afford. Government mandates and political ambitions are some of the most powerful forces in our industry these days, which makes it more important than ever that you as cooperative members participate in electing people who understand and respect the benefits of local control and common sense.
This month, we provide your candidates for governor of Ohio the opportunity to share their views on a few of the issues we feel are important to you. But elections at all levels — federal, state, and local — impact our communities, our lifestyles, and our local businesses.
Regardless of your political or social views, it’s important that you express them by exercising your right to vote. I’m confident that there is a strong consensus across Ohio and throughout our cooperative membership for sensible solutions to the problems of today.