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Anza Electric Receives California-Supported Loan for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Anza Electric Cooperative (Anza Electric) will be the first recipient of a state-sponsored loan for a charging station program started by the California State Treasurer and the California Energy Commission.  The program’s goal is to help make electric charging stations more accessible to assist California in reducing carbon pollution to its mandated 40 percent goal by 2030.  The...

NY Provides $3 million for Coop Electric Vehicle Purchases

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York will provide $3 million in funding to help rural electricity cooperatives purchase electric vehicles to replace less fuel-efficient vehicles. Cooperatives that currently receive hydropower from the New York Power Authority are eligible to participate in this new program, which provides zero interest financing recovered over three...

Tennessee Cooperatives to Benefit from State’s Broadband Accessibility Initiative

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced a proposal to provide $45 million in grants and tax credits over three years to service providers, including the state’s private, nonprofit electric cooperatives, in an effort to make broadband available to currently underserved homes and...

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...

EPA Submits Proposed Model Trading Rules Regarding Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted model trading rules that provide an optional path for states implementing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for review.  Although the CPP has been placed on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court, the EPA noted that sending the rules to the office follows a routine rule-development...

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,...

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...

Coal Ash Legislation Passes Senate

New coal ash legislation passed in the Senate recently in a 95-3 vote.  The new legislation gives state agencies the authority to enforce federal regulation through state permits.

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