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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...

NRECA Calls for Trump Administration Focus on Rural Issues

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) was joined by 40 organizations in a letter to President Trump urging the new administration to focus on issues affecting rural families and businesses by designating a senior member of the White House staff as a rural advisor and/or creating a specific office within the administration with a direct focus on rural...

Kentucky PSC Approves Big Rivers Expansion

Big Rivers Electric Corp. (Big Rivers) has entered into an agreement with Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency to sell power to nine new cities.  The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) recently approved the deal which will help Big Rivers utilize excess generating...

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...

NRECA, MISO and SPP File Briefs in FERC Refund Proceedings

NRECA filed its initial briefs in FERC’s Section 206 proceedings involving the refund obligations of nonpublic utilities in MISO and SPP (FERC Dockets EL16-91 and EL16-99).  In its briefs, NRECA recognized FERC’s legitimate concerns but argued, among other things, that a refund requirement has the potential to deter nonpublic utilities from joining RTOs.  MISO and SPP also filed...

Dairyland Awarded $73.5 Million Settlement from Department of Energy for Storing Uranium

CORRECTION:  Dairyland Power Cooperative (“Dairyland”) will receive $73.5 million for the U.S. government’s failure to take spent fuel from its shuttered Genoa nuclear power plant to the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.  As part of the settlement, Dairyland was able to negotiate significant savings on future liabilities.  Dairyland’s board will determine how the money...

Dairyland Awarded $73.5 Million Settlement from Department of Energy for Storing Uranium

Dairyland Power Cooperative (“Dairyland”) will receive $73.5 million for the U.S. government’s failure to take spent fuel from its shuttered Genoa nuclear power plant to the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.  As part of the settlement, Dairyland was able to negotiate more than $13 million savings on future liabilities.  Dairyland’s board will determine how the money will be...

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...

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