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Pennsylvania Coop Helps Build Drive-In Movie Theater

A Pennsylvania electric coop, Bedford Rural Electric Cooperative, has helped one of its communities build a drive-in movie theater in an effort to salvage a summer tourism season that has been disrupted by COVID-19.
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Arizona Coops Help Fund COVID-19 Tests

As Arizona deals with one of the nation’s largest spikes in COVID-19 cases, electric cooperatives, including Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, are working with public and private agencies to sponsor free coronavirus tests for people in their service areas.
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NHEC Votes to Help Members Access Internet

The board of directors of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), which serves 84,000 homes and businesses, has voted to pursue providing high-speed internet access for members.
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Mississippi Legislature Passes Bill to Fund Rural Broadband Projects

Mississippi lawmakers recently passed a bill that would set aside $75 million for electric cooperatives and other service providers to service broadband internet to underserved areas, many of which are in rural areas of the state.
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New Legislation in Congress Could Save Coops Billions

Members of Congress introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday in both the House and Senate that could save electric cooperatives more than $10 billion by allowing them to reprice loans from the Rural Utilities Service at current low interest rates.
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Kentucky Coop to Provide Renewable Energy to Bulleit Bourbon Distillery

A new Kentucky distillery is under construction for Bulleit Bourbon, and the facility is expected to be completely carbon neutral. To help meet this goal, the company plans to incorporate a variety of features, including purchasing renewable energy from East Kentucky Power Cooperative.
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USDA Announces $1.6 Billion Investment Into Rural Electric Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it is providing $1.6 billion in loans and loan guarantees to rural electric cooperatives and utilities in 21 states through the Electric Loan Program. The funds will be used to build and improve 9,138 miles of electric transmission and distribution line, and include approximately $386 million for investments in smart grid...
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Leaders of Electric Cooperatives Discuss Safety Measures Taken to Protect the Safety and Health of Their Employees During COVID-19

Senior electric coop leaders recently spoke with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and T&D World about safety measures being implemented to protect the safety and health of their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although coops have moved swiftly to protect the safety and health of their employees and the public, some of the challenges moving forward include transitioning from in-person meetings to conference calls, keeping line crew members safe during storm recovery, and preventing disease transmission during mutual assistance...
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New Hampshire Coop Members Reject Broadband Bylaws Change

In a 4,599 to 2,539 vote this week, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc. failed to meet the two-thirds majority required to amend its bylaws to include facilitation of broadband access in its mission statement. The board opposed the amendment but indicated they were interested in broadband generally.
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NRECA Releases Statement on Social Justice

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) released a statement on social justice in America expressing its commitment to promoting a positive and inclusive culture.
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Georgia Coop Adds “Sunflowers” to Solar Garden

Cobb Electric Membership Corp. has built a solar garden that includes three “sunflowers” whose petal-shaped solar panels track the sun. The “sunflowers” are a part of the Georgia coop’s solar project that can produce nearly 2.4 million KWh of electricity per year.
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Basin Electric and Clēnera Renewable Energy Announce PPA for Montana Solar Project

Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Clēnera Renewable Energy announced the execution of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Cabin Creek Solar Project, which will consist of two, 75 MW projects in southeastern Montana.
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Electric Cooperative Seeks Permission to Swap Customers

The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) recently set an intervention deadline in a case concerning a territorial agreement between Ameren Missouri and Three Rivers Electric Cooperative. Specifically, Ameren seeks PSC authority to transfer 258 of its current customers to Three Rivers while Three Rivers seeks to transfer approximately 270 of its current customers to Ameren. Ameren also seeks to sell a portion of its electric system to Three...
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Coop to Test Emerging Battery Technology

Great River Energy recently announced it will test a novel “aqueous air battery system,” a 1 MW grid-connected battery with 150 MWh of continuous energy capability. If successful, the battery could provide a viable option for coops seeking to increase their share of renewable energy without sacrificing reliability.
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