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South Mississippi Electric Changes Name to Cooperative Energy

South Mississippi Electric announced this week that it has changed its name to Cooperative Energy.  The Company believes that the new name more accurately reflects its mission and business model.  Cooperative Energy operates in 55 of Mississippi’s 82 counties and owns a generation facility in Batesville.  The Company was found in 1941 and has recently focused on increasing the size of...

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...

Middle Tennessee Cooperative Withdraws Offer to Purchase Electric Utility

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. informed the Mayor of Murfreesboro that it has withdrawn its offer to purchase Murfreesboro Electric Department which was recently valued between $175.5 million and $247.3 million. The City Council is discussing whether to take away the utility’s authority to make decisions as a governing body and convert the members into an advisory board to...

Coops Urged to Consider Officer Succession Planning

Leadership consultant Kevin Eikenberry highlights aging coop leadership and is encouraging electric coops to take a long-term view of workforce planning, including talent transition teams.

Cross-State Coop Merger in the Works

Customer-members of Kentucky’s Hickman Fulton Counties Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation recently voted in favor of approving a merger with Tennessee’s Gibson Electric Membership Corporation.  Gibson Electric’s customer-members will vote on the merger at a November 17 special...

Colorado Coop Institutes New Charge for Solar Customers

The board of Colorado-based cooperative Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) recently voted to institute a new charge on customers that rely on solar power during the day and IREA at night.  The new charge, called a “Load Factor Adjustment” is meant to recover costs of service from IREA customers with solar panels that sell excess power to IREA by way of net metering.  The...

Michigan Cooperative Transitions to Member-Regulation

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved the transition of Midwest Energy Cooperative to member-regulation.  The utility will begin member-regulation on August 24.  Click here for more information.

Georgia Transmission Named a “2015 Best Place to Work”

Georgia Trend magazine has named Georgia Transmission Corporation as one of the ten best places to work in Georgia for 2015.  This is the second time in just three years that Georgia Transmission has made the list.  Click here to read more.

Texas Co-op Approves Distributed Generation Initiative

The board of directors of Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has approved a resolution to include initiatives for more distributed generation as part of PEC’s overall business plan.  PEC officials have indicated these measures are a response to PEC’s members’ desire for reliable and renewable energy solutions.  To read more please click...

Mississippi Regulator Imposes New Annual Filing Requirement

The Mississippi Public Service Commission directed electric coops to make an annual filing to provide information on open meetings, board member elections, coop fund management and other matters to keep customers apprised of their respective ownership shares and worth.  The filing is due May 1 of each year beginning in 2015. Click here to read...

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