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GRE to Add Solar

Great River Energy (GRE) plans to build several solar energy installations by mid-2015 to generate a total output of 650 kW that will help GRE better understand the potential for solar development and its impact on current and future project initiatives.  GRE continues to expand its renewable energy portfolio and is ahead of the curve on compliance with Minnesota’s Renewable Energy...

Oregon Coop Continues Fight Against State’s Renewable Mandates

Oregon law currently requires that large utilities get 25 percent of their energy from new renewable sources by 2025, and increased demand for electricity from data centers in the eastern part of the state is pushing smaller utilities toward large-utility status for the purposes of the mandate.  A lobbyist for Umatilla Electric Cooperative (Umatilla) has been collecting signatures for...

Coop Sparks Ballot Fight Over Oregon RPS

Oregon’s Umatilla Electric Cooperative (Umatilla) is challenging the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS), hoping to revise the standards to allow hydropower to count towards meeting the requirements.  Without this revision, the coop plans to add an initiative on the ballot that could gut the law.  The challenge is raising debate about whether the coop is strong arming or...

Dairyland to Retire Alma Station

Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) has announced plans to shutter two boilers of one of its coal-fired generating plants in Alma, Wisconsin, because of the age of the facility, demand, market prices and regulations.  Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) obligations require that Dairyland produce a quarter of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.  Currently about 88...

Montana Coops Discuss Sage Grouse and Renewable Portfolio Standard

Efforts to avoid listing the sage grouse as an endangered species and changes to the Montana Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) were among the issues discussed at the annual Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association meeting.  Efforts to save the sage grouse may require coops to reroute existing lines or plan new lines to avoid breeding locations, which may increase member rates.  The...

Delaware Solar Farm Facility Up and Running

Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) recently commenced operations at its 4-MW solar facility located near Georgetown, Delaware.  The $14 million project will help DEC meet the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) set at 25 percent by 2025.  The solar farm was built using no state subsidies and without raising customer rates.  Click here for the full...

Coops Rise to Meet New Data Center Load Challenges

The deserts of the Pacific Northwest have become popular locations for data centers, and this trend is changing the way some electric coops do business.  Companies including Google, Amazon, and Facebook have chosen locations in or around Oregon because of the state’s tax breaks, cheap abundant power, and cool, dry weather that can accommodate large-scale data centers.  To maintain 24/7...

New Mexico Coop Utilizes Unique Generation Facility

Lea County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Lea County) constructed a 47-MW, gas-fired generation facility that can tap into a nearby 27-MW wind farm, the first tie-in of its kind in the country.  The setup will help Lea County meet New Mexico’s upcoming Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) while preserving reliable service.  Click here for the full...

County Grants Exception for Maryland Solar Farm

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s (SMECO’s) proposed 5.5 MW solar farm located in Charles County, Maryland, will move forward thanks to an exception granted by the Charles County Board of Appeals. The planned solar farm will help SMECO meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements as imposed by the Maryland Public Service Commission. The estimated cost of the solar...

Oregon Coop and Winery To Promote Solar Development

A new solar farm located at the King Estate winery outside of Eugene, Oregon should be online in the next few months. The project will generate almost 1 MW of electricity that will be sold to Lane Electric Coop and will promote sustainable development for the organic vineyard while helping Lane Electric comply with state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements. Read the full...

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