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NRECA Assists Electric Cooperatives with Cybersecurity

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has worked collaboratively with electric cooperatives to develop guidelines for the prevention and mitigation of cybersecurity threats.
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Nation’s Largest Low‐Income Community Solar Project Being Developed by Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, GRID Alternatives and Colorado Energy Office Partner

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), GRID Alternatives and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) are partnering to develop a 1.95 MW community solar project, known as the Coyote Ridge Community Solar Farm, that will lower the electric bills of qualified low‐income residents, affordable housing providers and nonprofit organizations in the utility’s service territory. The PVREA project will be the seventh project installed to date under a statewide initiative to demonstrate how the low‐income community solar model can be optimized to reduce energy costs for utilities’ highest need...
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Environmentalists Urge D.C. Circuit to Decide Clean Power Plan Case

This past Thursday, August 3, 2017, certain environmental groups urged the D.C. Circuit to either decide the validity of the Clean Power Plan on its merits or terminate the case by remanding the case to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The environmental groups’ request stems from the D.C. Circuit’s decision in April to grant the EPA’s motion for a 60-day stay of the litigation to review and potentially withdraw the rule. However, the regulatory agenda of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs classifies the proposed rule as a “long-term...
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Vermont Coop Incentivizes Its Members to Purchase Electric Vehicles

Vermont Electric Cooperative and Green Mountain Power partnered with Nissan to offer a $10,000 rebate on electric vehicle purchases.
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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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