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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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CIPCO Announces Development of Wind Facility

Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) announced development of the Heartland Divide Wind Farm, a 104 MW wind project, which is set for completion by the end of 2018. Once operational, the new wind farm will represent CIPCO’s largest wind energy project to date.
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SCI REMC Announces Phase I of Fiber-To-The-Home Project

South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) announced that it is kicking off its anticipated fiber-to-the-home business. Construction is set to begin in June, and SCI REMC plans to offer members in the initial coverage areas an opportunity to start signing up for service at the end of the year.
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Hoosier and EDPR Partner on Solar Project

Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Hoosier) and EDP Renewables (EDPR) have executed a power purchase agreement in connection with the 200 MW Riverstart Solar Park, which is expected to be operational in 2022. Riverstart Solar Park will be the largest solar array in Indiana, producing enough clean electricity to power approximately 37,000 households.
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Eversheds Sutherland – 40+ Years Focused on Coops

Eversheds Sutherland is proud of the work we have done and the relationships we have built with our electric cooperative clients over the past 40 years. We have posted a three-minute video to the blog that highlights some of our accomplishments and provides an overview of Eversheds Sutherland’s global capabilities.
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Energy Storage Systems Added to Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s Service Territory

Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables have commissioned 12 MWh of GridStar Lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects that will provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, a North Carolina cooperative (“Brunswick EMC”). Lockheed Martin’s GridStar technology ensures that this electricity is rapidly dispatchable, which allows Brunswick EMC to avoid peaking costs and pass the savings to its member-owners in Brunswick and Columbus Counties. These storage projects will provide solar energy to Brunswick EMC’s...
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Legal Alert: NERC and Power Company Reach Settlement on Violations of Cybersecurity Standards

With increased awareness of the urgent threat that cybersecurity failures pose to critical infrastructure, regulators have been stepping up their enforcement efforts, particularly against those entities that fail to establish and implement sufficient precautions against breaches.
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Arkansas Electric Cooperative Enters Solar PPA

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) to purchase up to 100 MW of energy. Under the PPA, AECC will purchase energy produced by an 800-acre solar farm which will be constructed by RES beginning in 2021.
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USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it is investing $276 million in rural electric infrastructure, some of which is being awarded directly to coops, to improve system efficiency and reliability.
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Ohio Coop Rebrands, Expands Services

Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Inc. has rebranded to Consolidated Cooperative, effective immediately. The change coincides with the start of construction on a fiber-optic network to deliver high-speed internet service to its members and nearby communities.
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Cooperative and Origis Unveil Mississippi Solar Project

Cooperative Energy and Origis Energy celebrated their new joint venture 52 MW solar project near Sumrall in Lamar County, Mississippi, signifying a major commitment to generating renewable energy. The project, MS Solar 3, is built on a 540-acre site, and includes 206,000 polycrystalline solar panels that gather sunlight and transform it to energy that will power up to 11,400 homes.
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