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Swan’s Island Makes another Attempt to Merge with Emera Maine

After Maine regulators denied Swan’s Island Electric Coop (Swan’s Island) to merge with Emera Maine (Emera) because the merger would have put a disproportionate burden on Emera’s mainland customers, Swan’s Island has submitted a new merger proposal putting more of the financial burden of the merger on the island utility customers.  Regulators are schedule to review the revised...

Arizona Electric joins with ATC Development to Provide Transmission Services

Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (Arizona Electric) has entered into a joint operating agreement with ATC Development Company (ATC Development), a Wisconsin-based utility, to develop transmission projects in the southwestern United States under a new transmission company “ATC Southwest.”  ATC Development’s expertise in transmission development combined with Arizona Electric’s...

Lake Region Electric to Construct Natural Gas Pipeline

Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) and Minnesota Gas will construct an intrastate pipeline in Minnesota to serve natural gas customers in the Deer Creek and Parkers Prairie communities.  The $1.6 million pipeline is scheduled for service in August 2017 and will be owned and maintained by...

DOE Awards $3.24MM Grant to Texas Cooperative and Energy Storage Companies for Solar Energy Integration

Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest electric distribution cooperative in the United States, and Advanced Microgrid Solutions were awarded a $3.24 million grant by the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the DOE SunShot Initiative, aimed to accelerate the adoption of cost-competitive solar technologies.  The grant will help demonstrate the use of energy storage...

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...

Connexus Energy Awards Smart-Grid Contract to Honeywell

Connexus Energy of Minnesota (Connexus) has awarded a smart-grid contract worth $15 million to Honeywell.  The project will provide Connexus members with remote electricity reading.  The project will require replacement of approximately 138,000 electric meters with Honeywell’s new “EnergyAxis” meters equipped with its “SynergyNet” mesh networking software.  The new meters...

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...

Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Wins $360 Million Air Force Base Contract

The Defense Logistics Agency recently announced that Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) will be responsible for owning, operating and maintaining the electrical grid at Eglin Air Force Base, which is located on the Choctawhatchee Bay near Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  The contract, which will increase the amount of infrastructure CHELCO maintains by approximately 10 percent,...

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...

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