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Alabama Cooperatives Receive USDA Funding to Improve Rural Broadband

Four companies will use $62.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand rural broadband infrastructure to parts of Alabama. Specifically, Tombigbee Electric Cooperative, Millry Telephone Co., Farmers Telecommunication Cooperative and National Telephone of Alabama are using grants from the USDA to improve e-connectivity. More than 8,000 rural households, 57 farms, 44 businesses, 17 educational facilities, 14 critical community facilities and three health care facilities in rural Alabama will benefit from the new...
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Central Electric to Purchase Power from South Carolina Solar Project

Central Electric Power Cooperative (Central Electric) announced plans to purchase 150 MW of solar power at two locations in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. According to local paper, The Post and Courier, Google has committed to buying power from one of the farms.
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Coops Work to Make EV Charging More Convenient

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative is working with Frances Renewable Energy, distribution cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and other entities across Oklahoma to develop electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within an hour’s drive, anywhere in the state, by early 2020.
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Basin Signs PPA with Enel Green Power

Enel Green Power North America has started construction of the 299 MW Aurora wind farm in North Dakota, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020. Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) entered into a 23-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 142 MW portion of the Aurora wind farm.
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Coop to Issue Request for Proposal for Solar and Wind

Basin Electric Power Cooperative will be issuing a Request for Proposal for solar and wind power proposals in the Southwest Power Pool and Midcontinent Independent System Operator Zone 1 or 3.
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Kansas Coop Contemplates Construction of Coal Plant

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. (“Sunflower”), an electric power cooperative in Kansas, plans to build the Holcomb 2 Plant, an approximately 895 MW coal plant. However, Sunflower must begin construction of the coal plant by March 2020 or it will lose its state construction permit. Against the backdrop of current prevailing politics regarding coal-fired plants and the steady retirement of coal-fired units in America since 2014 (when the last large coal plant in America came online), it is questionable whether the Holcomb 2 coal plant will be...
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New Mexico Cooperative Adds Solar + Storage, Reaches 100% Daytime Solar

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative will reach its goal of 100% solar-powered daytime energy. The cooperative will hit its target nine months early after the completion of two new solar + storage developments with Torch Clean Energy.
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Delaware Electric Cooperative Expands Solar Farm

Delaware Electric Cooperative has signed an agreement that will double the size of its 23-acre Bruce Henry Solar Farm near Georgetown.
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USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure Improvements

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.4 billion in projects in 21 states to build and improve rural electric infrastructure.
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USDA Invests in Rural Broadband for Virginia Families

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it has invested nearly $3.8 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for more than 1,250 rural households in Virginia.
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VEC Provides Savings for Members

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has saved its members $90,000 in peak capacity market costs since it started operating a utility-scale lithium-ion battery in July. The system allows VEC to discharge 400 MWhs onto the grid when it’s most needed to reduce peak capacity market costs.
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NRECA CEO Promotes Diverse Electric Generation Options

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee of Congress, Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), stressed the importance of a diverse mix of fuel, including coal and natural gas, to provide affordable electricity rates from electric cooperatives serving rural communities. Jim Matheson was one of six witnesses to testify at the hearing titled “Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for the U.S. Power...
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Q&A: RURAL Act Sponsors Discuss Strategy for Passage

More than a third of senators have now signed on to support the RURAL Act, a bipartisan bill to protect electric cooperatives’ tax-exempt status. As of Monday, 38 senators were co-sponsoring the bill, which would allow not-for-profit coops to accept government grants for disaster relief, broadband service, and other priorities without losing their tax-exempt status.
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Delivers Broadband Grant to Forked Deer Electric Cooperative

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently delivered a $2.8 million grant to Forked Deer Electric Cooperative for rural broadband development. The grant is part of the ReConnect program, which began in 2018 with a $600 million budget to be disbursed for rural broadband in 2019.
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