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Coop CEO Testimony Outlines Cyber Threats to Power Grid

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative testified, on behalf of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as part of a hearing called “Efforts to Protect Energy Delivery Systems from Cybersecurity Threats” on the cyber threats facing the electric...

Tennessee Bill Allows Rural Cooperatives to Offer Video Services to Customers

In an important step to expand access to high-speed internet in rural Tennessee, the Broadband Accessibility Act has been amended to now allow cooperatives to have cable-like television offerings in areas many residents do not currently have broadband...

USDA Announces Loans to Coops

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $202 million in loans to coops to upgrade electric service in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  These loans include $14.7 million for coops to implement Smart Grid...

Cooperatives Strike Deal to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural New Mexico

The Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and Continental Divide Electric Cooperative recently struck a three year deal that will bring broadband services to Grants, New Mexico.  Grants is a rural town of about 9,200 people that previously lacked the infrastructure needed to support high-speed internet.  The cooperatives believe that bringing high-speed internet to rural areas such as Grants...

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...

KIUC Executes Agreement to Construct Hybrid Solar and Energy Storage System

Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative has executed a power purchase agreement with AES Distributed Energy, Inc. for a plant that will provide solar energy plus a battery-based energy storage system. The project will consist of 28 MW of solar photovoltaic energy and a 20 MW five-hour duration energy storage system....

WEC Installs Fourth Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) installed its fourth electric vehicle (EV) charging station on December 9, 2016. This project was aided by a $147,000 grant from the Vermont Low-Income Trust for Energy. This EV charging station is strategically located at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, Vermont. By helping to develop an infrastructure that makes EV usage more practical, the...

Great River Energy Announces Joint Solar Project with Dakota Electric Association

Great River Energy recently announced a joint solar project with Dakota Electric Association.  The 1-megawatt project will be constructed on five acres of land along Highway 61 in Marshan Township.  Once completed, it will provide enough electricity to serve approximately 150 residential...

Connexus Energy Awards Smart-Grid Contract to Honeywell

Connexus Energy of Minnesota (Connexus) has awarded a smart-grid contract worth $15 million to Honeywell.  The project will provide Connexus members with remote electricity reading.  The project will require replacement of approximately 138,000 electric meters with Honeywell’s new “EnergyAxis” meters equipped with its “SynergyNet” mesh networking software.  The new meters will transmit...

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...

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