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Changes to Power Contracts Authorized by Basin Electric Directors

The directors of Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) authorized an amendment to Powder River Energy Corporation’s and Upper Missouri Power Cooperative’s wholesale power contracts that will allow Basin Electric to supply electricity to Tongue River Electric Cooperative, Fergus Electric Cooperative and Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative effective January 1, 2017.
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Coal Ash Legislation Passes Senate

New coal ash legislation passed in the Senate recently in a 95-3 vote.  The new legislation gives state agencies the authority to enforce federal regulation through state permits.
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Coop Members are Going Wireless

Wireless technologies are providing coops with new opportunities to help members manage costs.
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Dairyland Power Begins Construction of New Solar Project

Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland Power) recently broke ground on what will become one of Wisconsin’s largest solar projects.  The project, which is located in Medford, Wisconsin, will generate approximately 2.5 MW of electricity—enough to power around 450 homes.  Once completed, it will include an array of 2,992 solar panels covering 11 acres of land.  The project is one of many new projects that Dairyland Power has launched in Wisconsin as part of an effort to boost its solar generation...
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Cobb EMC is the Most Affordable Electric Provider in Georgia

The 2016 Georgia PSC (PSC) summer survey found that the rates of the Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC) are the lowest in Georgia.  According to the PSC’s survey, compared to the average electric utility customer, Cobb EMC members save approximately $31.66 dollars per month on their summer bills.
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Western Farmers Adds Utility-Scale Solar

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (Western Farmers) is adding 43 MW of utility-scale solar through power purchase agreements and projects it has planned or under construction.  Western Farmers has agreed to purchase 25 MW from the Caprock Solar Power Project, which is under development in New Mexico, and is developing 18 MW of utility-scale solar at five locations near Western Farmers’ substations in Oklahoma.
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Virginia Announces First Community Solar Project

BARC Electric has developed the first community solar project in Virginia.  The facility in Rockbridge, Virginia will benefit the member-owners who reside in the counties of Rockbridge, Bath, Highland, Augusta and Alleghany.
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Coop-Friendly Railroad Reform Law Reportedly on Track

Federal regulators have reported that they are on track in implementing a railroad reform law intended to promote shipping efficiency and potentially competition among railroads.  The NRECA and electric cooperatives generally have pushed for reforms, recognizing the impact that costs of hauling coal can have on electric rates.
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Coops Offer Net Metering Alternatives

Michigan’s Cherryland Electric Cooperative and its supplier, Wolverine Power Cooperative, have developed a plan that would allow customers to choose between three options for participating in solar generation—a community solar subscription, a “buy all, sell all” option, which would allow solar owners to sell all power they generate back to their provider and then buy all their requirements from the provider, and traditional net...
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Iowa Coop Doubles as Solar Installer

Western Iowa Power Cooperative (WIPCO) has embraced growing interest in customer-owned solar and has begun installing solar systems—for both its customers and other utilities. WIPCO installed its first system in 2014 and has installed 952 kilowatts to date.
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NRECA Joins PJM Seeking Shutdown of FERC Floor Price Dispute

The NRECA has joined with PJM Interconnection LLC (PJM) and other utility groups to back the changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to the PJM proposal dealing with artificial price suppression on the grid.  PJM asked the D.C. Circuit to deny the grid’s power providers challenge to the plan.  PJM said Monday that it is fine with FERC’s changes and, therefore, the power providers do not have grounds to appeal.
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Rural Electric Cooperative Empowered by Data Efficiency

Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation has leveraged leading utility management technology to cut costs and save time.
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East Kentucky Power Invests $2.9 Million in Landfill Production Expansion

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (East Kentucky Power) is expanding the capacity of its landfill gas-to-electric power plant next to the Bavarian Landfill in Boone County, Kentucky.  The $2.9 million expansion will increase power production to 4.6 MW and is expected to be completed before the end of the month.  This plant is one of six landfill gas-to-energy plants that East Kentucky Power operates throughout the state.
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Oklahoma Cooperative Executes Power Purchase Agreement to Receive Power from Cooperative

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (NEOEC) terminated its relationship with Grand River Dam Authority and has executed a power purchase agreement for its members to receive electricity from KAMO Electric Cooperative.  NEOEC says the move will allow the members to receive electricity at a lower cost and the close proximity of KAMO technicians will allow NEOEC officials to respond to outages quicker.
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