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Trump to Roll Back Environmental Protection Agency Regulations

President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order Tuesday that would withdraw the Clean Power Plan.  The order is also expected to lift the moratorium on the federal coal program and ease restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

Dairyland Pledges to Cut Reliance on Coal and Diversify Energy Sources

Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) CEO Barbara Nick recently informed a renewable energy forum that it will aim to cut its reliance on coal by 20 percent within the next ten years.  Nick asserted that this pledge will be kept even if Donald Trump loosens environmental regulations on coal because energy diversification is “just plain good common business sense.”  Dairyland expects...

Great River Energy Announces Joint Solar Project with Dakota Electric Association

Great River Energy recently announced a joint solar project with Dakota Electric Association.  The 1-megawatt project will be constructed on five acres of land along Highway 61 in Marshan Township.  Once completed, it will provide enough electricity to serve approximately 150 residential...

USDA Announces $3.6 Billion in Funding for 82 Electric Projects

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that the USDA will provide $3.6 billion in loans to electric utilities in 31 states to fund 82 projects.  The loans, which will be provided through the Electric Program and the Rural Utilities Service, include $216 million for smart grid technologies, $35 million for renewable energy, $26 million for environmental...

Wolverine Begins Construction of One of Michigan’s Largest Solar Arrays

Spartan Renewable Energy, a member-owner of Wolverine Power Cooperative (Wolverine), today announced that it will soon begin construction of a 1.2 megawatt solar array in Cadillac, Michigan. Wolverine will purchase 100 percent of the power output from the project. While this is Wolverine’s first foray into solar generation, Wolverine already has a substantial renewable portfolio...

D.C. Circuit Hears Challenge to Clean Power Plan

Ten D.C. Circuit judges heard argument regarding the EPA’s authority to enact the Clean Power Plan and the rule’s constitutionality.  All active judges on the D.C. Circuit, with the exception of Merrick Garland, heard arguments from state government, power industry groups, the federal government and environmental...

US Court of Appeals to Hear Arguments Regarding Clean Power Plan on Tuesday

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear arguments regarding the EPA’s Clean Power Plan on Tuesday, September 27.  Twenty-six states have joined West Virginia to challenge the Plan, which requires states to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a cumulative 32 percent from 2005 to 2030.  Leading the plaintiffs is the West Virginia Attorney General, Patrick...

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...

Cooperative Invests in Smart Lighting Product Company

CMA Ventures, a subsidiary of Central Iowa Power Cooperative, has participated in a Series B investment round in Igor, a Des Moines startup which has developed a “power-over-ethernet” product that can be used to help companies better manage lighting and electricity in their...

Dairyland Power Cooperative Announces Significant Wind Expansion

Dairyland Power Cooperative, located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, recently announced that it will begin purchasing energy from a 98 megawatt wind project located in southwestern Wisconsin. The project is owned by EDP Renewables North America. The project is currently working its way through the MISO generation interconnect process, and construction is set to begin in...

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