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Arkansas Coop Announces Smart Grid Project

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation has announced the launch of its Advance Smart Grid Project, which will begin deploying technology and equipment to meet the need for communicating with electrical distribution equipment throughout AVECC’s system.
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Connexus Energy Breaks Ground on Solar-Plus-Storage Projects

Connexus Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative in Minnesota, is breaking ground on two solar-plus-storage projects in the state. The combined 25 MW projects are expected to cost $31 million and save $4 million annually through peak load reduction.
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$345.5 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure Investments Announced

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue has announced that $345.5 million will be invested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 20 infrastructure projects to improve rural electric service in 14 states.
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New Mexico Coop Launches 4,000-Panel Solar Facility

On June 25, 2018, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) and Guzman Energy launched a 4000-panel solar array near Eagle Nest Lake in New Mexico. This project is part of KCEC’s goal of providing 100 percent of its customers’ daytime power needs from solar energy by 2022.
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Florida Coop Receives Approval for New Natural Gas-Fired Plant

Seminole Electric Cooperative (Seminole) has received approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to build a gas-fired plant in Putnam County, Florida. Seminole previously received approval from the Florida Public Service Commission.
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Solar Development Transforming Rural Energy Landscape

The acceleration of solar development by electric cooperatives is changing the energy landscape in rural America. According to a new report released by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, electric co-ops currently own or purchase more than nine times as much solar energy as they did in 2013.
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NRECA Joins Groups Advocating Continuation of MATS

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), along with six other advocating groups, requested that the Environmental Protection Agency complete the statutorily mandated Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) for power plants under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act as expeditiously as possible and leave the underlying Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in place and effective. Since the MATS rule became effective in 2012, more than $18 billion has been spent on compliance. A complete and robust RTR will recognize the capital investments already made for compliance and...
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Cobb EMC Expands Solar Portfolio

Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (“Cobb EMC”) recently announced that it has entered into a 30-year power purchase agreement with Green Power EMC. This agreement, along with other solar initiatives, has increased Cobb EMC’s solar portfolio by 360 percent since 2016. The project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2018, is under development by Silicon Ranch Corporation and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2021.
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Colorado Coop Approves Solar PPA

Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) has voted to enter into a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GCL New Energy, which will develop an 80 MW, utility-scale solar project. The project will help ensure that IREA meets the renewable energy standard mandated by Colorado law.
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NRECA Indicates Concern With Senate Farm Bill

The CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Jim Matheson, has expressed concerns regarding certain alterations to the current rural electrification funding program proposed by the Senate’s Farm Bill. Matheson has encouraged the Senate, in particular, to reconsider their approach toward escrow accounts for rural electrification.
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Maryland Coop Completes Construction of Natural Gas Power Plant

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative has announced the completion of Wildcat Point Generation Facility, a 1,000 MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant. The energy facility produces enough electricity to power approximately 390,000 homes.
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Arkansas Coop to Purchase Additional Wind-Generated Energy

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Wildhorse Wind Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Southern Power. Pursuant to the power purchase agreement, AECC will purchase wind-generated energy from a 100 MW wind project, which is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of 2019.
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Virginia Cooperative Announces Commissioning of 10 MW of Solar Energy

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and Coronal Energy announced the commissioning of the Palmer and Martin solar centers in central Virginia. The two projects total 10 MW, and combine to make up the largest solar project in Virginia for an electric distribution cooperative.
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Cooperative Enters Into Largest Solar PPA for an Electric Cooperative in Texas

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., along with CoServ Electric, have entered into a multiyear PPA with 7X Energy, Inc. for the sale of solar energy from a 35 MW solar project in Andrews County, Texas.
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