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Bandera Electric Cooperative Modernizes Electric Grid

Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC), a rural Texas cooperative, recently completed its first distribution circuit automation project in the first step in developing a “smart grid” which will increase the reliability, efficiency, safety, and cost effectiveness of the power system.  The distribution system automation will provide real-time adjustment to changing loads and operating...

New Mexico Cooperative Breaks Ground on New Solar Project

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) recently broke ground on the first of seven solar arrays on the Picuris Pueblo.  KCEC has signed a power purchase agreement to acquire all of the energy produced by the...

Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch Dedicate Second Solar Farm

Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch, an independent solar power producer, dedicated a 52 MW solar farm in Jeff Davis County, GA that will serve more than 8,500 households each year. In December 2015, Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch dedicated a 20 MW solar farm in Jeff Davis County, making the county one of the top solar communities in the...

Trump to Roll Back Environmental Protection Agency Regulations

President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order Tuesday that would withdraw the Clean Power Plan.  The order is also expected to lift the moratorium on the federal coal program and ease restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

Coop Solar Energy Capacity Continues to Grow

On March 9, 2017 the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association released new information concerning the total solar energy capacity of the United States electric cooperatives.  Specifically, coops are on pace to add 480 MW of solar energy in 2017, which would bring their total capacity to 873 MW.  For comparison, the total solar capacity was 180 MW in 2015 and merely 37 MW in...

Dairyland Purchasing 80 MW of Wind Energy

Effective February 15, 2017 Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) will begin purchasing 80 MW of renewable energy from the Barton Wind Farm.  The 80 MW of renewable energy purchased by Dairyland is enough to power more than 19,000 homes.

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...

DOE Awards $3.24MM Grant to Texas Cooperative and Energy Storage Companies for Solar Energy Integration

Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest electric distribution cooperative in the United States, and Advanced Microgrid Solutions were awarded a $3.24 million grant by the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the DOE SunShot Initiative, aimed to accelerate the adoption of cost-competitive solar technologies.  The grant will help demonstrate the use of energy storage...

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 expects...

Mohave Electric and Constellation Complete 13.8 MW Solar Generation Project in Arizona

On January 18, 2017 Mohave Electric Cooperative (Mohave Electric) and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, announced the completion of a 13.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project in Fort Mohave, Arizona.  The project is a ground-mounted solar power system that is located across 84 acres.  Constellation is the owner and operator of the project. Although the project...

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