Little Rock, Ark. — April 2, 2013 — The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas recently launched a digital version of its popular 2013 Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Legislative Directory. The digital directory is free and offered for iPhone and Android users.

“The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas are advocates for cooperative members,” said Duane Highley, president/CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “This new legislative directory app provides our members with an easy to use connection to their state and federal government officials. By using this app Arkansans can quickly interface with their elected officials on matters of concern, including energy policies which tie directly to electricity rates.”

The Arkansas cooperatives have provided printed versions of the legislative directory for many years and often distribute copies to individuals and organizations throughout Arkansas. The new digital directory allows anyone to download and use the directory free of charge. The digital application provides names and detailed profiles of state and federal officials, interactive contact links with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, detailed district maps and other pertinent information.

“Since more than half of the consumers in the United States own smart phones, we believe the digital directory will be very well received,” said Carmie Henry, vice president of governmental affairs with the cooperatives. “Our members are the key to the success of the electric cooperative movement in Arkansas and we are happy to provide them with this great tool to ensure that their individual voices are heard.”

To download the app, please go to: http://aecc.com/legislative-app and follow the instructions.

The digital directory also includes links to www.themixmatters.com, which provides generation resource information as well as the Arkansas cooperatives’ positions on key energy issues facing the utility industry.

“Our goal is to educate cooperative members, elected officials and the public on issues that could impact their electric service rates, which ultimately affect consumers’ and businesses’ pocketbooks,” said Sandra Byrd, vice president of member and public relations for the cooperatives. “The digital app is a great channel to reach multiple audiences with this message and can be updated as needed.”

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and AECC, a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to more than 500,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or rroedel@aeci.com
www.ecark.org