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NRECA Joins Groups Advocating Continuation of MATS

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), along with six other advocating groups, requested that the Environmental Protection Agency complete the statutorily mandated Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) for power plants under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act as expeditiously as possible and leave the underlying Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in place and effective. Since the MATS rule became effective in 2012, more than $18 billion has been spent on compliance. A complete and robust RTR will recognize the capital investments already made for compliance and...
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Cobb EMC Expands Solar Portfolio

Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (“Cobb EMC”) recently announced that it has entered into a 30-year power purchase agreement with Green Power EMC. This agreement, along with other solar initiatives, has increased Cobb EMC’s solar portfolio by 360 percent since 2016. The project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2018, is under development by Silicon Ranch Corporation and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2021.
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Colorado Coop Approves Solar PPA

Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) has voted to enter into a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GCL New Energy, which will develop an 80 MW, utility-scale solar project. The project will help ensure that IREA meets the renewable energy standard mandated by Colorado law.
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NRECA Indicates Concern With Senate Farm Bill

The CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Jim Matheson, has expressed concerns regarding certain alterations to the current rural electrification funding program proposed by the Senate’s Farm Bill. Matheson has encouraged the Senate, in particular, to reconsider their approach toward escrow accounts for rural electrification.
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Maryland Coop Completes Construction of Natural Gas Power Plant

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative has announced the completion of Wildcat Point Generation Facility, a 1,000 MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant. The energy facility produces enough electricity to power approximately 390,000 homes.
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Arkansas Coop to Purchase Additional Wind-Generated Energy

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Wildhorse Wind Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Southern Power. Pursuant to the power purchase agreement, AECC will purchase wind-generated energy from a 100 MW wind project, which is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of 2019.
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Virginia Cooperative Announces Commissioning of 10 MW of Solar Energy

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and Coronal Energy announced the commissioning of the Palmer and Martin solar centers in central Virginia. The two projects total 10 MW, and combine to make up the largest solar project in Virginia for an electric distribution cooperative.
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Cooperative Enters Into Largest Solar PPA for an Electric Cooperative in Texas

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., along with CoServ Electric, have entered into a multiyear PPA with 7X Energy, Inc. for the sale of solar energy from a 35 MW solar project in Andrews County, Texas.
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ODEC Announces Completion of Gas-Fired Plant

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has completed work on a 1,000 MW natural gas power plant located near Rising Sun, Maryland—about 25 miles west of Newark, Delaware. The project is expected to produce enough electricity to power approximately 400,000 homes.
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NextEra Energy to Acquire Assets From Southern Company

NextEra Energy, Inc. announced on May 21, 2018 that it has entered into definitive agreements with Southern Company to acquire Gulf Power, Florida City Gas and its ownership interests in the Oleander and Stanton natural-gas generating plants located in Florida. It is worth noting that NextEra will acquire 100% ownership of Plant Oleander, a natural-gas fueled, simple-cycle combustion turbine electric generation plant located near Cocoa, Florida with a generating capacity of 791 MW, through power purchase agreements with Seminole Electric Cooperative and the Florida Municipal Power...
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Florida PSC Approves Two Plants to Serve Coop Customers

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the development of two new natural gas plants to serve coop customers. The PSC approved a 1,122 MW plant in Putnam County proposed by Seminole Electric Cooperative, which is scheduled to be in service by December 2022. The PSC also approved a 573 MW power plant in Pasco County proposed by Seminole Electric and Shady Hills Energy Center, which is scheduled to be in service by December...
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Dairyland to Install Three New Solar Gardens

Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) announced plans for three new solar power garden installations to begin construction later this year. Dairyland signed power purchase agreements with SoCore Energy of Chicago to build the solar gardens, which will be located in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois.
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Coalition Works to Highlight Rural Connectivity

Executives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, as well as executives from four other partner organizations – Farm Foundation, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, CoBank, and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation – to kick off listening sessions, which will highlight the importance of e-connectivity to all sectors of rural America. The next listening session will be in June 2018 in...
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New Wind Project Unveiled for Martha’s Vineyard

Vineyard Power Cooperative, Inc., an energy cooperative serving the Martha’s Vineyard area, and Vineyard Wind LLC, an offshore wind development company, have unveiled plans for a proposed wind facility, Offshore Wind Operation & Maintenance. The new facility is expected to employ up to 40 people and will help address climate change, ocean acidification and coastal erosion.
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