MLEC Leaders Discuss Current Issues at State Capital


TECA Hosts 2024 Legislative Conference in Nashville

(March 8, 2024) —Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative Board of Directors and President and CEO Keith Carnahan joined more than 175 electric cooperative leaders from across the state in Nashville on Feb. 20 and 21, for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s 2024 Legislative Conference.

“The Legislative Conference is a time where our Board Directors spend time with legislators to share local needs and discuss issues impacting our industry and communities,” Carnahan said. “The General Assembly is a great partner with Tennessee Electric Cooperatives, and we appreciate their time to hear what matters to MLEC.”

MLEC leaders heard from political strategists and policy advisors as well as Tennessee leaders, including advisors to Gov. Bill Lee and Secretary of State Tre Hargett. Reliability, new policies and industry challenges were the main discussion points with legislators. From cybersecurity to EPA regulations, MLEC co-op leaders advocated for specific legislation that supports rural electric cooperatives and protects the energy supply.

MLEC Board Directors Ronny Averett, Johnnie Ruth Elrod, Sam Fussell, Tommy Graham, Dr. Zack Hutchens, Jessie Wallace and Dr. Jeff Peery attended this year’s conference. Visits with Senator Kerry Roberts, Representative Jody Barrett, Senator John Stevens, Senator Joey Hensley and Representative Kirk Haston were scheduled while they were at the Capitol.

 “The partnerships formed at the state level allow MLEC to better serve our members and keep the cooperative prepared for future obstacles,” Carnahan said. “The decisions made by local lawmakers are of great importance to all Tennessee electric cooperatives, and MLEC is proud to have a seat at the table when discussing the future of the industry.”

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