Eastern Iowa REC’s mission is to serve rural eastern Iowans in our service area. Part of serving our communities is providing education and support.

Louie the Lightning Bug spreads the message of electrical safety 

What stands more than five feet tall, has four hands, two feet, a pair of antennae and gets children to laugh while learning about electricity?  Many eastern Iowa elementary school students could easily provide the answer--Louie the Lightning Bug. 

Eastern Iowa REC uses Louie the Lightning Bug shows to teach children about electrical safety.  The Eastern Iowa REC Louie program consists of a special Louie video and musical review of safety tips.  By the end of the current school year, more than 20,000 students throughout the Cooperative's service area will have seen and heard Louie's safety message since the program was started in 1986.  To schedule a visit by Louie the Lightning Bug, contact Jill Urmie at the Cooperative's Wilton service center 1-800-728-1242 or by email at


Consider offering a helping hand to those who need it

The RECare program is funded by contributions from Iowa electric cooperative members to help others pay winter heating bills and to assist with weatherization projects for low-income families.  The program is administered by local community action agencies.  Cooperative members can make one-time pledges or monthly pledges collected from each energy bill.  Even the smallest pledges can help others. You care, we care, RECare!


Treasure Hunt helps us locate people with outstanding refunds, deposits, or uncashed checks.

Eastern Iowa REC is trying to locate the following people and firms who have outstanding patronage refunds, deposits and/or uncashed checks.  If you know any of these people or firms, have them contact the patronage department of Eastern Iowa REC, at 1-800-728-1242. We included their names and last known addresses.  CLICK HERE for the current list.