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Cooperatives Decide to Join Southwest Power Pool Market

Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced their decision to join Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) market. When SPP launches the WEIS in February 2021, it will become the market administrator for these and potentially other electric utilities in the west.
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Mississippi Coops Approve Retail Broadband Plans

The boards of four Mississippi coops have approved plans for the coops to enter the retail broadband space following Mississippi’s enactment of the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act.
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Coops Among Top Utilities for Adding Solar and Energy Storage

Five electric cooperatives won Top 10 utilities awards from the Smart Electric Power Alliance for adding the most solar or energy storage to the grid in 2018.
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Coops Awarded $181 Million for Metering and Line Upgrades

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded loans totaling $181 million to 11 coops and one solar farm that serve a total of 214,000 rural residents and businesses in 10 states.
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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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