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Arizona Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Double Assessment on Electric Cooperative Revenues

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed five bills into law this week, including one that eliminates the double assessment on rural electric cooperatives. Formerly, a cooperative’s gross intrastate revenues were taxed through the generation cooperative, as well as the cooperative member, resulting in customers paying twice the tax to power their homes.
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Kentucky Electric Cooperatives Provide Assistance Following Floods

Electric cooperatives across Kentucky are working together to provide assistance to citizens facing widespread damage caused by flooding. The statewide association, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, has enabled the Kentucky Rural Electric Disaster Fund to help cooperative employees, and many distribution cooperatives are collecting items to support residents in flood-ravaged communities.
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Indiana Cooperative to Develop Solar Array

Hendricks Power Cooperative, a rural electric cooperative which serves 35,000 members in central Indiana, broke ground on a 7 MW solar installation of over 19,000 panels. The project will be the largest solar array for a rural municipal electric cooperative in Indiana.
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Choptank Electric Cooperative Receives $23 Million for Fiber Expansion

Choptank Electric Cooperative in Maryland has been awarded $23 million from the state to provide high-speed internet to residents. The grant help provide internet service to almost every unserved address in Caroline County.
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New Mexico to Receive Funds for Rural High-Speed Internet

New Mexico will receive more than $100 million for high-speed internet projects in rural areas. The projects, part of a $401 million national funding announcement, are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect program.
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New Senate Bill Includes Direct-Pay Incentives for Electric Cooperatives

A new Senate budget bill includes direct federal payments to electric cooperatives as incentives for developing renewable energy, carbon capture technology, battery storage, nuclear power and other energy innovations.
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Great River Energy to Build Transmission Line to Bolster Reliability

Great River Energy, in partnership with Minnesota Power – a division of ALLETE Inc., announced its intent to build an approximately 150-mile, double-circuit 345-kV transmission line from northern Minnesota to central Minnesota that will support grid reliability in the Upper Midwest.
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Hendricks Power Cooperative to Build Solar Array in Indiana

Hendricks Power Cooperative and Solential Energy are building a 7 MW solar array in Hendricks County, Indiana. The project will be operational in 2023, and will be the largest solar array developed by an electric cooperative in Indiana.
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Kentucky Cooperative Receives Grants to Bring Internet to Unserved Households

Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative has received $13,827,320 in grants from Kentucky’s Better Internet program to assist in expanding access to high-speed internet to 5,598 unserved households and businesses.
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Alaska Cooperative Shuts Down Largest Coal Plant

Golden Valley Electric Association has shut down Healy Unit 2, Alaska’s largest coal plant, opting to invest in wind energy and install $26.1 million in pollution-control equipment on Healy Unit 1 by the end of 2024. Healy 2 was both the largest coal plant in Alaska and the largest closure of a coal plant in Alaska.
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Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative Encourages Direct Payments to Promote Renewables

Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative’s CEO, David Bissell, spoke to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and encouraged Congress to support federal incentives for renewable power adoption, including direct payments for not-for-profit electric cooperatives.
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NRECA Broadband Provides New Support Services to Cooperatives

NRECA Broadband is launching a new service tier to provide strategic communication services, education and events, and focused business and technology support to participating electric cooperatives.
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Electric Cooperatives Help Lead Team to Find Supply Chain Solutions

A group of electric cooperative leaders is participating in a collaboration among utility industry experts to develop solutions to supply chain issues. The group will meet regularly to discuss solutions to current and future supply challenges.
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Basin Electric to Invest in Transmission Line Projects

Basin Electric will invest nearly half a billion dollars to develop three projects: the East Loop transmission project, the Roundup-to-Kummer Ridge transmission line, and the East Fork substation. The projects are expected to be completed by 2024 and 2025 and will support load growth in both residential and commercial power loads.
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