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Texas Distribution Cooperative Peaking Plant Under Construction

San Bernard Electric Cooperative (SBEC) and Sky Global Partners, LLC recently broke ground on a new gas-fired peaking power plant north of Rock Island, Texas.  The facility is unique in that it will be the first power generation facility owned by a distribution cooperative in the state of Texas.  To read more about this story, please click here.
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Lower Oil Prices Bring Coop Savings

Lower oil prices have brought some savings to cooperatives and their members and may bring more.  Coops that generate power from diesel fuel are seeing direct savings that in many cases will be passed along to members as reduced fuel costs.  The savings may also flow through to coops that do not run any diesel generation—for example, coops that depend heavily on coal may benefit, as much coal mine equipment runs on diesel fuel.  Click here for more.
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EKPC Delays Deactivation of Two Coal-Fired Generating Units

At the request of PJM Interconnection (PJM), East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) will postpone deactivation of two coal-fired power units located in Clark County, Kentucky from April 2015 to April 2016.  PJM requested such a delay due to electric grid reliability concerns regarding the sufficiency of necessary generating resources without these two units.  To read more, please click here.
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North Dakota Coop Prepared for Increased Demand

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is prepared for the forecasted demand increase prompted by drilling and energy production and new housing and commercial development in the region.  Click here for more information.
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Solar Component Discounts Offered to Coops

Through the Vendor Management Office of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, coops have an opportunity to receive significant vendor discounts on photovoltaic modules, racking structures and inverters—three major components of utility-scale solar projects.  Coops will still need to negotiate commercial terms and conduct their own research to determine whether solar project development is right for their business.  Click here to read more.
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EPA Files Brief in Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Dispute

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently filed a brief in its ongoing suit against industry groups’ allegations of “overcontrol” of upwind states.  The D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments on the suit’s remaining issues beginning February 25.  Please click here to read more.
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Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Inks Wind PPA

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative has agreed to a power purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy for the purchase of 50 MW of electricity from the 150-MW Grant Wind project.  To read more about this story, please click here.
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Kentucky Cooperatives to Consider Merger

The executive committees of the boards of West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative and Hickman-Fulton Counties Rural Electric Cooperative met last week to consider the possibility of a merger.  The two cooperatives, which together serve 35,000 members, agreed to undertake a joint financial study to determine whether a merger would result in cost savings to members and protection of local jobs.  To read more, click here.
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Minnesota Cooperative Announces Renewable Subscription Plan

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, a Minnesota cooperative, announced a plan to sell subscriptions to its members for electricity to be obtained from a 250-panel solar array to be constructed by Steele Waseca this spring.  Subscribers to the plan will receive a credit on their normal electric bill based on production from the solar panels.  To read more, click here.  
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EPA Delays Final Carbon Emissions Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 7 that it would postpone releasing final carbon emission rules until “mid-summer.”  The EPA had been expected to finalize emissions standards for new generation on January 8 and existing generation on June 1. Click here to read more.
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Wolverine Power Cooperative Executes Power Purchase Agreement for 114 Megawatts of Wind Energy

Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. (Wolverine) has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with RES America Developments Inc., a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) for 114 MW of wind energy and associated renewable energy credits in Michigan.  The Deerfield Wind Energy project, the source of the wind power, is scheduled to reach commercial operation by December 31, 2016.   The project is expected to have a significant positive impact on the local community.  Located in Huron County, Michigan, the project will provide up to 200 jobs...
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New Mexico Coop Settles Dispute with Native American Tribe

Continental Divide Electric Cooperative (CDEC) has settled a long-standing dispute with the Pueblo of Acoma regarding CDEC’s right of access to Pueblo lands.  Pursuant to the settlement, CDEC will have the ability to serve the Pueblo of Acoma under a new license agreement, and the Acoma have three years to exercise an option to acquire the electrical equipment and related facilities of CDEC that are located within its boundaries.  To read more about this story please click...
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Basin Adds Two Wind Projects to Portfolio

Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) has entered into power purchase agreements with two new wind farms in North Dakota.  Basin says the combined generating capacity of the agreements is 300 MWs.  To read more please click here.
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Arizona Coops Relieved From Solar Incentive Payments

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has granted the requests of Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative and Graham County Electric Cooperative to remove a requirement that each coop offer customers solar incentives for leased distributed generation systems.  The ACC may expand the decision to other coops and is investigating, among other things, consumer protection considerations associated with solar leasing programs.  Click here for more information (subscription required).
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