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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...

Coop-Friendly Railroad Reform Law Reportedly on Track

Federal regulators have reported that they are on track in implementing a railroad reform law intended to promote shipping efficiency and potentially competition among railroads.  The NRECA and electric cooperatives generally have pushed for reforms, recognizing the impact that costs of hauling coal can have on electric...

Oklahoma Cooperative Executes Power Purchase Agreement to Receive Power from Cooperative

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (NEOEC) terminated its relationship with Grand River Dam Authority and has executed a power purchase agreement for its members to receive electricity from KAMO Electric Cooperative.  NEOEC says the move will allow the members to receive electricity at a lower cost and the close proximity of KAMO technicians will allow NEOEC officials to respond...

NRECA Partners With Department of Energy

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will be partnering with the Department of Energy and the American Public Power Association to enhance protection of the electric grid from attack.  The partnership will give the nation’s electric cooperatives access to cybersecurity technology and...

GridLiance Holdco Acquires Transmission Assets of Tri-County

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (Tri-County) sold its transmission substations in Oklahoma’s panhandle and turned over the operation and maintenance of 410 miles of power lines to GridLiance Holdco (GridLiance) on April 1.  The acquisition fits into GridLiance’s partnership model with respect to assisting electric cooperatives solve transmission issues and paves the way for future...

Cooperatives Co-Commission New Solar Field in Arkansas

Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation (OECC), Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (Aerojet) formally commissioned a 12-megawatt (AC) array in the Highland Industrial Park in Arkansas.  OECC assisted in the project by providing technical support, guidance and expertise, while Aerojet will purchase the solar power and AECC will receive any excess...

Three Iowa Coops May Be Able to Recover Their Costs After All

An ice storm in April 2013 required three Iowa coops and a municipal utility to spend $19 million for repair and recovery work.  The coops requested reimbursement for those expenses from the Federal Emergency Management Agent (FEMA), but their initial request was denied in the Fall of 2013.  However, the initial regional FEMA ruling denying recovery was recently overturned, paving the...

NRECA to Help Design Software to Cost-Effectively Improve Grid Resiliency

With a $1.8 million grant from the Department of Energy, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will help develop software designed to identify the most cost-effective upgrades that utilities can make to improve grid resiliency in order to reduce economic losses caused by weather-related power...

Great River Energy and Other Cooperatives Join Grid Stability Research Project

Great River Energy and other cooperatives in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) are researching ways to increase grid flexibility in order to integrate more intermittent distributed renewable energy resources. NRECA plans to create a water heater controller and a smart circuit breaker capable of controlling plug-in appliances with the hope of making load...

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