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Coops Oppose PMA Privatization Proposal

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has released a statement opposing the proposal to sell Power Marketing Administration (PMA) transmission assets, stating that “[m]ore than 600 electric coops rely on PMAs for access to low-cost, hydroelectric power.”
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NRECA CEO Requests Funds for Rural Broadband

In a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations, Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), recently requested significant funding for rural infrastructure. Matheson recommended that at least $2.5 billion of the FY2018 budget be dedicated to providing broadband to rural areas of the country.
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Tenaska and Associated Enter PPA for Wind Project

Nebraska-based Tenaska Inc. (Tenaska) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (Associated) for a 236 MW wind project in northwest Missouri. The project is expected to be operational in 2020.
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Cooperatives File for Community Solar Program Approval

Four of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s member-owners (A&N Electric Cooperative, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative) have filed applications with the Virginia State Corporation Commission to implement community solar pilot programs. If approved, the cooperatives would establish three-year pilot programs to provide community solar subscriptions to their...
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Cleco to Acquire NRG’s Power Plants Serving 9 Louisiana Coops

Cleco, an energy service company that operates Cleco Power, a Louisiana electric utility, plans to purchase five of NRG’s power generation plants for $1 billion before the end of 2018. These five power generation plants serve nine electric cooperatives throughout Louisiana and provide more than 3,500 megawatts of power. This proposed acquisition is subject to approval from federal and state regulators.
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Trump Selects Rural Utilities Service Chief

President Trump has appointed Kenneth Johnson, General Manager and CEO of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative Inc. in Tipton, Missouri, to head the Rural Utilities Service. Johnson is a Director and past President of Central Electric Power Cooperative.
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Tennessee’s HolstonConnect Prepares to Offer Broadband Services

HolstonConnect, a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of Holston Electric Cooperative (“HEC”), was established in late 2017 to provide fiber-based services to HEC members. In January, HEC’s board of directors approved HolstonConnect to begin the initial phase of construction in order to provide high-speed internet services to HEC members. The internet services provided by HolstonConnect will help to improve education, economic development and communication throughout its service...
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New York Coop Receives Broadband Funding From State Grant Program

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the recipients of the final round of grants for the New NY Broadband Program, which is intended to increase broadband access to all New Yorkers. Among the recipients of these broadband funds are local utility providers, including Otsego Electric Cooperative.
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Jackson County REMC Installing High-Speed Internet Network

Indiana’s Jackson County Rural Electric Membership Corporation (Jackson County REMC) is installing a fiber optic network for high-speed internet access. The project is expected to take approximately four years to complete and will serve parts of 10 counties.
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Tennessee Coop to Provide Broadband Service

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced on Friday that Gibson Electric Membership Corporation (Gibson EMC) was awarded more than $1.3 million by the State of Tennessee through the State’s Broadband Accessibility Grant Program. The grant will help Gibson EMC move closer to the goal of making high-speed internet service available to all of its members.
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Cooperative to Partner with SUNY on Solar and Battery Storage Project

Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC), the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) have announced a new project to build a solar and energy storage system that will provide clean, local power to the State University of New York at Delhi campus and the local community. This project is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to create a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. The system will consist of approximately 2 MW of ground-mounted, storage-paired solar power constructed on 18...
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GRE Issues Solar and Storage Request for Proposal

Great River Energy (GRE), a Minnesota-based electric cooperative, has issued a request for proposal seeking up to 10 MW of solar PV generation resources to be located on multiple sites and interconnected to the Dakota Electric Association distribution system. GRE is also seeking up to 10 MW/20 MWh of energy storage systems, configured for PV-only charging, co-located with the solar PV facilities.
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Minnesota Coop Continues Program for Electric Vehicles

Great River Energy has announced plans to continue a program designed to allow cooperative members to fuel electric vehicles with wind energy.
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FERC Confirms UEC’s Authority to Build Transmission Line

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently ordered Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) to provide wholesale transmission service to a certain wind energy project, rejecting a protest by Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative that the action would encroach on its exclusive service territory. The proposed wind farm, located near Heppner, Oregon, would include up to 292 turbines and generate up to 500 megawatts of energy. The project’s developers have been working with UEC on a plan for UEC to construct a 230-kilovolt transmission line connecting the project to Bonneville Power...
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