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PGEC Moves Ahead With Rural Broadband

Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) and Prince George County are coming together to form a public/private partnership to help expedite the process of connecting the Prince George County community with high-speed, fiber-to-the-home internet access. With Prince George County’s support, PGEC can expand broadband access to additional Prince George County residents at an accelerated pace.
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Minnkota and Fluor Work on Carbon Capture Project

Fluor Corporation has been awarded the front-end engineering and design for Minnkota Power Cooperative’s Project Tundra. Project Tundra is a carbon capture, utilization and storage retrofit project at the Milton R. Young Station in North Dakota.
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Taos Solar Array Online for Kit Carson

In its continued effort to achieve 100% daytime solar energy by 2022, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative announced that its largest solar array has come online. Construction of the 3 MW Taos array began in October 2019 and was made possible by a partnership between Kit Carson and Guzman Energy, a wholesale power provider. Kit Carson partnered with Guzman Energy in 2016 to help the coop meet its renewable energy goals.
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State Cooperatives See Surging Delinquencies in Light of Coronavirus

Electric cooperatives are facing a number of challenges due to the coronavirus, including a growing number of customers who are unable to pay their bills. In Oklahoma, cooperatives voluntarily agreed to implement a moratorium on non-payment disconnections, and have waived disconnection, reconnection and other service fees for now.
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TEC Partners to Provide UAS Inspection Services

Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (TEC) and Exelon Clearsight, LLC announced they have formed a partnership to bring advanced UAS (drone), robot, and software-enabled inspections to utilities in Texas. This announcement comes less than a year after the Texas Legislature imposed new requirements on electric utilities to inspect overhead lines to ensure compliance with the National Electric Safety...
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Great River Energy to End North Dakota Coal Plant Operations

Minnesota’s Great River Energy says it will shut down a large coal-fired power plant in North Dakota and replace it primarily with wind energy. The cooperative expects decommissioning of the Coal Creek power plant to begin in the second half of 2022 and take about three years to complete.
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Wyoming Carbon Storage Project Advances

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has awarded a $15 million grant to advance carbon capture and storage technology research for preliminary work on a geological storage facility near Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station in Wyoming.
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PowerSouth Energy Cooperative and Origis Energy Announce New Solar Project

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative announces Power Purchase Agreement for new 80 MW solar project in Alabama.
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Senators Push to Ensure Eligibility of Cooperatives in Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) led a bipartisan group of senators in urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to clarify that rural electric cooperatives are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to help small businesses maintain payroll and cover expenses during the coronavirus pandemic. Some lenders are approving PPP loans for electric cooperatives, while other lenders are refusing to do so without further guidance from the...
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New Congressional Aid Package May Help Coops

Lawmakers approved an additional $320 billion in funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, for which some cooperatives may qualify. The funds may be forgiven if used to keep employees on the payroll and other designated purposes.
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Coops Stare Down Virus Costs

Electric cooperatives could lose up to $10 billion from the effects of the coronavirus according to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). A drop in electricity sales, combined with potential revenue lost from unpaid bills, could cost cooperatives. The NRECA has asked Congress for relief.
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Sunflower Announces Largest Kansas Solar Project Operational

The Johnson Corner Solar Project, a product of Sunflower Electric Power Corp. (Sunflower) and Lightsource BP, has entered commercial operation. The 20 MW plant more than doubles the state’s utility-scale solar capacity.
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Minnkota Power Cooperative Wants to Build the World’s Largest Carbon Capture Facility

Grand Forks-based Minnkota Power Cooperative has launched Project Tundra, an initiative to build the largest power plant-based carbon capture facility in the world, with construction commencing as early as 2022. The planned facility would potentially capture more than 90 percent of carbon dioxide emitted from The Milton R. Young Station, a coal-fired power plant close to the town of Center in North...
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USDA Launches Guide for COVID-19 Assistance Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a catalog of assistance programs that provides a one-stop shop for rural electric cooperatives and their members who are seeking federal, state and local aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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