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New Cybersecurity Solution Being Adopted by Cooperatives

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Essence 3.0 cybersecurity solution has been deployed at nearly 55 electric cooperatives and helps with tracking and mitigating cybersecurity threats.
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National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Encourages Policymakers to Focus on Grid Reliability

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s CEO, Jim Matheson, encouraged policymakers to prioritize electric grid reliability in their energy transition policymaking during his recent address before the U.S. Energy Association’s 19th Annual State of the Energy Industry Forum.
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Basin Electric Power Cooperative to Purchase Generating Capacity from Technology Group Wartsila to Ensure Reliability and Expand Offerings

The Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) will acquire generation balancing capacity through the Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV power plant owned by technology group Wartsila. The six 50SG gas engines have a combined output of 108 megawatts, balancing Basin’s generation from variable renewable resources.
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Electric Cooperatives Take Four of the Top Five Spots on the Annual J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Poll

The 2022 J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 102,879 online interviews conducted from last January through November, and electric cooperatives dominated the top spots again. Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), headquartered in Cumming, Georgia, was the highest-ranking electric utility overall and Jackson EMC placed second.
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New Power Supply Partnership Between CORE Electric Cooperative and Invenergy

CORE Electric Cooperative (CORE), Colorado’s largest electric distribution cooperative, and Invenergy have entered into a twenty-year agreement to provide CORE with over 1.2 terawatt-hours of renewable energy per year.
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New $9.7 Billion U.S. Department of Agriculture Program to Focus on Renewables

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the process of designing a new renewables-focused program to assist rural electric cooperatives with the purchase of renewable energy, renewable energy systems, zero-emission systems and carbon capture and storage systems.
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Missouri Department of Economic Development Awards SEMO Electric Cooperative $16.6 Million for Broadband Development

Through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded $261 million to 60 recipients. SEMO Electric Cooperative was allocated $16,602,060 for three broadband projects in Butler and Stoddard Counties.
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North Dakota Generation and Transmission Cooperative’s Battery Rate Delivers Member Savings, Technology

In 2020, Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) incorporated a member-owned trial battery rate into its rate schedule to permit its all-requirements contract members to test energy storage technology to reduce peak demand costs. The rate provision allows for up to 150 kilowatts of battery storage per distribution cooperative, and allows the cooperatives to decide when to charge and discharge the batteries. Corn Belt Power Cooperative, one of two Basin members utilizing the incentive, expects to avoid peak demand charges for up to six hours and recover its $3.5 million investment by...
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Electric Cooperatives and Broadband Assets at Risk of Cyberattacks

Director of threat intelligence for Lumen’s Black Lotus Labs, Mark Dehus, discusses ways electric cooperatives can be protected from system disruption or ransom by attackers.
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Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative CEO Urges Congress to Prioritize Broadband in Rural America

As congress weighs programs to include in the new Farm Bill, electric cooperatives have weighed in.  Aaron Young, president and co-CEO of 17,000 member Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, recently said that rural broadband which connects every home, business and community with reliable internet service should be a priority in the bill when speaking at a Farm Bill listening session held by the House Agriculture Committee.
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Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative Spends Big on Storm Resilience

Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative (JDEC), one of the largest cooperatives in the state of Louisiana, is taking the lessons from Hurricane Laura, which wreaked havoc on the state’s electricity grid in 2020, to heart. JDEC is spending $340 million dollars to weatherproof its systems through measures like replacing wooden transmission poles with steel and elevating substations.
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Flathead Electric Cooperative Adds Second Engine to Gas Energy Plant

Flathead Electric Cooperative created Montana’s first methane gas-to-energy project at the county landfill in 2009 through a collaboration with the county. The project has been so successful that the cooperative is adding a second engine to the facility, which will double its output to power about 3,200 homes.
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Cooperatives in Colorado File Complaint Against Provider Alleging Imprudent Supply Plans Before Winter Storm

Four Colorado electric cooperatives, Core Electric Cooperative, Holy Cross Energy, Yampa Electric and Grand Valley Power, have filed a complaint arguing that Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electricity provider, did not follow its own supply plans leading to high gas prices during Winter Storm Uri. The cooperatives are asking for the return of $6.9 million in fuel charges.
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Solar United Neighbors Announced Group Buy Program for Connexus Energy

Nonprofit Solar United Neighbors announced a group buy program where homeowners and business owners who are members of Connexus Energy, one of the nation’s largest electric cooperatives, can purchase solar systems. The program will allow members to leverage their numbers to purchase individual solar systems for competitive prices.
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