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San Miguel Power Association Adds Solar Project for Qualified Low-Income Residents

San Miguel Power Association (SMPA), the Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announced a 200 kW community solar array to be located on a closed landfill in Norwood, Colorado. SMPA had been looking for a way to make renewable energy available to more of its members while keeping utility bills affordable. A $1.2 million grant from the Colorado Energy Office in August 2015 has...

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...

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...

EKPC Planning 60-Acre Solar Farm

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has announced plans to build a solar project consisting of 32,000 photovoltaic on 60 acres next to its main office.  EKPC will allow customers to purchase licenses to receive power from the project and receive credits on their monthly bills for doing so, offering them the opportunity to participate in a voluntary program similar to other...

NRC has Approved Transfer of La Crosse License to La Crosse Solutions

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the license for the La Crosse Nuclear Plant, which has been inactive since 1987, from Dairyland Power Cooperative to La Crosse Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of the radioactive waste disposal specialist Energy Solutions LLC.  La Crosse Solutions will lease the above-ground structures other than the spent fuel storage...

House Resolves to Overturn EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a resolution to overturn the “Waters of the U.S.” rule issued last year by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.  The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association praised the resolution, as coops nationwide have expressed concern over the rule’s dramatic expansion of federal regulation of...

EPA Finalizes Definition of Waters to be Covered under the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers finalized a redefinition of the “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act.  The EPA did so without consulting stakeholders, including rural electric cooperatives.  The EPA maintains that it is not required to consult stakeholders, or to conduct small business analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act before...

Kentucky Public Service Commission Approves Methane Project

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has recently approved a new methane project at the Glasgow Regional Landfill (Landfill). The project, owned by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), will generate electricity by capturing methane gas escaping from the Landfill.  EKPC hopes that the project will be operational by late September or early October.  Click here to read...

EPA Proposes Costly New Water Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new water regulations which would increase costs and require extensive permitting for power line construction and maintenance.  At a hearing on the proposed rules, Russ Biggica of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association warned Congress that the rules would drive up costs for cooperatives, including the cost of renewable energy...

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Strict Interpretation of State’s “Buy the Farm” Law

Great River Energy will be required to purchase 218.85 acres of land on which it will construct transmission lines, rather than the 8.86 acre strip it wished to purchase, a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision held.  The decision was based on the state’s “Buy the Farm” statue, which requires utility companies to buy out property owners upon request when building power lines.  Click...

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