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Coop Halfway to Solar Goal

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has broken ground on three solar energy farms which will provide 6 MWs of capacity by the end of the year. The projects will bring Kit Carson’s solar portfolio to 16 MW, halfway to meeting its goal of 100% daytime solar energy by 2022.
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NRECA Provides Insight on Progress of Coop Priorities in Congress

John Cassady, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Vice President of Legislative Affairs, provides an update on how key interests to electric coops have progressed in Congress thus far in 2019.
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NRECA Partners on U.S. EV Charging White Paper

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE), and the American Public Power Association (APPA) with respect to a white paper identifying challenges and recommendations to drive greater interoperability and standardization of the U.S. electric vehicle (EV)...
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Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and EDF Renewables Partner on Solar

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) and EDF Renewables North America have agreed to develop and build a 30 MW portfolio of distributed solar projects in ODEC service territories. The projects, which will cover 10-12 sites, are expected to be online in 2020 or 2021.
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TCEC and TEC Enter Sole Source Alliance

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) announced entry into a sole source alliance with Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC). The alliance continues to increase TEC’s bargaining power, adding almost 9,000 more miles of distribution line.
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North Carolina Coop Leader Touts Microgrid Projects at Senate Hearing

Lee Ragsdale, Senior Vice President of Grid Infrastructure and Compliance at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, recently spoke at a Senate hearing on energy innovation and economic growth regarding current initiatives to strengthen the energy grid. Specifically, Ragsdale spoke about using solar farms, demand-response programs, energy storage, and microgrids to strengthen the grid—improving local resiliency while reducing carbon dioxide emissions and keeping rates...
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Virginia Coop Gets Broadband Expansion Funds

The Prince George Electric Cooperative has received funds from the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband service to more than 5,200 rural locations in the Virginia counties of Prince George, Sussex, Surry, Isle of Wight and Dinwiddie.
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WFEC Executes New PPA for Wind, Solar, Storage Project

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources that includes 200 megawatts of battery-stored energy.
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Pricey Insurance Provision Repealed by House

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday in a bipartisan effort to repeal the “Cadillac Tax” provision of the Affordable Care Act. The provision, which taxed some employer-sponsored health care plans with a 40% surcharge, was panned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for unfairly affecting coops due to higher rural health care costs.
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Defense Bill Could Benefit Electric Cooperatives

The House and Senate recently passed two different versions of a defense bill, both of which contain potential benefits for electric cooperatives. Specifically, the House passed a $733 billion defense bill that could allow electric cooperatives that serve military bases to benefit from new infrastructure grants. The Senate recently approved a different version of the legislation that makes it easier for cooperatives to get federal approval for carbon capture, utilization and sequestration projects. A compromise will be worked out by the House and Senate to determine which provisions are...
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Coop Leader Testifies Regarding Inaccurate FCC Broadband Data

Dan Stelpflug, Director of Operations, Engineering and Technology for Allamakee Clayton Electric Cooperative (Allamakee Clayton) in Postville, Iowa, recently testified to Congress regarding faulty Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband data provided in connection with a federal grant awarded to the coop. Specifically, the FCC awarded Allamakee Clayton a $1.4 million broadband grant in 2014 based on agency data that indicated the coop could reach 665 potential customers with broadband service. However, Allamakee Clayton was ultimately only able to find 510 potential customers, 23%...
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Texas Cooperatives Agree to Purchase Solar Energy

In an effort to provide an increased supply of clean energy to their members, five Texas electric distribution cooperatives—Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Comanche Electric Cooperative, Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative, PenTex Energy and South Plains Electric Cooperative—have agreed to purchase 7 MWdc of distribution-scale solar generation. The solar arrays are scheduled to begin operation by June 2020.
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NRECA Anticipates ACE Will Promote Flexibility and Certainty

According to a statement by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule will provide flexibility and certainty while addressing carbon emissions from existing power sources.
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Vermont Electric Cooperative Aims to Cut Gas Lawnmowers Short

Vermont Electric Cooperative just added a new bill credit to its VEC Energy Transformation Program. The new initiative will provide customers purchasing electric lawnmowers with either a $50 or $1,000 bill credit for residential and commercial mowers, respectively.
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