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Maine’s Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative to Dissolve

Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative members voted 265-29 in favor of dissolving one of the country’s smallest electric cooperatives.  The vote to sell their local utility to Emera Maine could close as early as March 31, 2017 and will effectively save the members $20 per month on their electricity bills but will sacrifice four full-time jobs and eight part-time jobs in a community...

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...

AECC Acquires 173 MW of New Wind Capacity

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) recently acquired access to 173 MW of new wind capacity from wind farms located in Oklahoma. The farms are owned and operated by Enel Green Power North America, Inc. and began commercial operations this month. The anticipated energy output for these farms is about 720 million kWh per year, which is enough to provide energy to more than...

Iowa Electric Co-ops Plan January 1 Merger

Tri-County Electric Cooperative, based in Rushford, Iowa, and Hawkeye REC will merge to become MiEnergy Cooperative on January 1, 2017. The two electric cooperatives had already been pooling resources for more than a decade to help save on costs and shared the same CEO, Brian Krambeer, for the past seven years. Krambeer stressed the announcement makes the cooperatives stronger and...

Electric Cooperatives Terminate Merger Discussions

Wyoming-based Lower Valley Electric and Idaho-based Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative have ended negotiations regarding a potential merger.  The opportunity to streamline the two organizations could potentially save almost $3 million per year for 10 years, but the cooperatives could not agree on issues such as governance and member...

Coop Sells Assets to Native American Tribe

Washington’s Benton Rural Electric Association (Benton REA) has announced the sale of $24 million worth of transmission facilities to the Yakama Nation Reservation.  As a result of the sale, the Yakama Reservation electric utility will take over operations of 574 miles of power lines and service to 2,000 accounts located within the reservation.  Benton REA will continue serving...

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...

GridLiance to Purchase Transmission System from Valley Electric Association

The Board of Directors of Valley Electric Association has approved the sale of its 230 kV High Voltage Transmission System to GridLiance Holdco, L.P. (GridLiance).  The acquisition consists of approximately 160 miles of transmission lines and related substation...

Hawaii Consumer Groups Push for Coop Utility after Failed Merger

Since a merger between NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric failed, consumer groups in Hawaii are considering next steps for the state’s largest utility and creating the state’s second electric coop.  The island of Kauai currently has an electric coop that was formed in 2002 when it bought the local utility for $215...

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