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Florida Coop Executive Engages in Community Economic Development

In an effort to bring jobs to members served by Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC), Billy Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager of WREC, offers to develop 40 acres of land behind one of WREC’s facilities for a manufacturer or other business to start operations.
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Minnesota Coop Helps Fund First Electric School Bus in Midwest

Great River Energy partnered with Schmitty & Sons Bus Co. to develop a 72-passenger electric school bus. The five-battery bus has a range of 100 miles, and it will begin transporting students in a suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul school district this fall.
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Maryland Coop Enters into PPA for New Solar Project

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative has entered into a power purchase agreement with Origis Energy for the 27.5 MW Ripley Solar project located in La Plata, Maryland. The project is expected to reach commercial operation by mid-2019.
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Unfinished Nuclear Plant Site Repurposed With Solar Farm

An unfinished nuclear power plant in Tennessee has recently been converted into a 1 MW solar farm. North Carolina-based Birdseye Renewable Energy partnered with Georgia-based United Renewable Energy to design and construct the new solar farm, and the energy is being sold to Holston Electric Cooperative as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Distributed Solar Solutions program.
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Homeland Security and F.B.I. Say Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities

According to security consultants and an urgent joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) last week, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries. In response to the attacks, President Trump recently signed an executive order requiring government agencies to work with public companies to mitigate risks and help defend critical infrastructure...
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Cooperative Enters Long-Term Solar Power Purchase Agreement

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has entered into a power purchase agreement to purchase the offtake of Clarke County Solar, a 10-megawatt solar power facility.
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Pedernales Electric Cooperative Partnering with University of Texas to Improve Energy Grids

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the Grid Modernization Initiative. Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the nation’s largest electric cooperative, is partnering with UT to help design the “grid of the future.” The projects will help utilities advance and expand distributed energy resources onto the grid, transforming the grid into a two-way street for the flow of...
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Ouachita Electric Cooperative Named Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year

Smart Electric Power Alliance recently named Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation (OECC) Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year for its work with solar developer Silicon Ranch and the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corporation to build a 12-MW solar array. The project, located at the Highland Industrial Park, was the first utility-scale solar array in Arkansas.  It has helped reduce peak demand and has lowered the cost of power for all OECC...
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U.S. House of Representatives Advances Two Interests of Electric Cooperatives

The U.S. House of Representatives advanced two bills that would benefit electric co-ops. The House passed: (1) the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, H.R. 1873, which helps electric co-ops protect their energy distribution assets from vegetation-related damage and (2) H.R. 1551, which expands the eligibility of nuclear power plant developments for certain production tax credits. Each of these bills is now headed to the U.S. Senate for full...
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Coop to Expand with Natural Gas

Lake Region Electric Cooperative has announced that it is expanding into the natural gas business as Lake Region Energy Service. This will be a partnership with Greater Minnesota Gas, Inc., and it expects gas distribution facilities will be in place by late summer 2017.
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Coops Offer Geothermal Programs

Several coops are offering programs and rebates to install geothermal systems designed to lower demand. The cooperative works with geothermal companies and developers to put in a loop system, and owns, maintains and repairs the loop system.
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U.S. Senators Oppose Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Plan to Privatize Federal Transmission Assets

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry to reconsider a plan to auction off U.S. Department of Energy transmission assets used to deliver power from federally owned dams to utilities and rural cooperatives in 34 states on the grounds that privatization of these assets would cause rate increases.
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Dairyland Power Cooperative Partners with Minnesota Power on Natural Gas Power Plant Project

Dairyland Power Cooperative is partnering with another utility, Minnesota Power, to build a $700 million 550-megawatt natural gas power plant in Superior, Wisconsin. If approved by regulators, construction on the plant will commence in 2020 and plant operation is anticipated to be achieved by 2025.
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GRE to Test Carbon Capture Technologies

Great River Energy (GRE), a regional power cooperative, is seeking funding for carbon capture research. The funding would support a project at its Spiritwood Station that seeks to use fly ash to capture carbon dioxide and a project that would inject flue gas into an onsite greenhouse at its Coal Creek Station.
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