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Texas Electric Cooperatives Announces Alliance with Comanche Electric Cooperative

On Friday, December 1, 2017, Texas Electric Cooperatives (“TEC”) announced an alliance with Comanche Electric Cooperative that will add about 5,000 miles of line and over 16,000 meters into areas already served by TEC.  TEC’s alliance supply model is noteworthy because it reduces operational and redundant costs by leveraging the aggregation and scale that alliance partnerships make possible, which ultimately benefits each cooperative’s bottom line.  TEC represents the interests of 75 electric cooperatives with more than 3 million members throughout...
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Dairyland to Purchase Power from New Wind Farm

Construction is complete on EDP Renewables’ Quilt Block Wind Farm located in Lafayette County, Wisconsin. Dairyland Power Cooperative has entered into a twenty-year agreement to purchase power from this project, and Dairyland estimates that this wind farm can power about 25,000 homes.
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Kentucky Solar Farm Is Up and Running

On Wednesday, Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives dedicated Cooperative Solar Farm One, a brand new solar farm spanning 60 acres. The East Kentucky Power Cooperative will run the solar farm, but members of any of Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have the opportunity to license a solar panel. Members who buy a $460 25-year solar panel license will get credit on their monthly power bills equal to their share of the energy generated by the solar...
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USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing approximately $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development. The funding is to be provided in 27 states through the USDA Rural Development’s Electric Program, the successor to the Rural Electrification...
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United Power to Build Colorado’s Largest Battery Storage Facility

United Power, a Touchstone Energy cooperative, has announced plans to build its first commercial-scale energy storage project. At 4 MW, the battery storage system will be the largest in Colorado. The facility is to be developed in collaboration with Chicago-based SoCore Energy, a solar photovoltaic and energy storage developer that focuses on serving rural electric cooperatives. SoCore and United Power selected Tesla to supply the 4 MW/16 MWh powerpack system, and construction is expected to begin in the first half of...
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Pedernales Electric Cooperative Selects New Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer

Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) recently announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Julie Parsley as its Chief Executive Officer and Eddie Dauterive as its Chief Operations Officer. Parsley is a former Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas as well as a former Solicitor General of Texas. Dauterive previously served as PEC’s Vice President of Member Services before being named Chief Operations Officer. PEC is the nation’s largest distribution electric cooperative with a service territory of 8,100 square miles and over 700...
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Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative to Provide Broadband Access

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) has requested $2.7 million from the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission to provide broadband access to all of MEC’s customers. MEC intends to partner with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation to build the fiber optic network that will ultimately provide broadband services to the rural areas within MEC’s service region.
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Holy Cross Energy Announces Two New Solar Projects

Holy Cross Energy (Holy Cross), a Colorado cooperative utility, recently announced that it has accepted proposals for two new solar projects to be built within its service territory over the next 18 months. Each 5 MW project is expected to produce enough electricity to serve the annual electric needs of 900 homes. These solar projects are expected to be online by the end of 2018, and will allow Holy Cross to increase its share of renewable energy while helping to improve the reliability of its electric...
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EPA Announces Repeal of Clean Power Plan

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced his intention to roll back the Clean Power Plan. Several environmental groups and states plan to challenge the proposed repeal in federal court.
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Missouri Judge Vacates $130 Million Sho-Me Power Jury Verdict

A federal judge in Missouri has vacated a $130 million jury verdict against Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative. The plaintiffs in the case claimed that Sho-Me Power violated electric easements by using a fiber optic cable for commercial telecommunications purposes.
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CoBank Report: Electric Cooperatives Increasingly Bringing Broadband to Rural Communities

People living in rural communities are four times more likely to lack access to broadband than those in urban communities. Rural electric cooperatives, some of which were formed nearly 80 years ago to bring electricity to rural America, are increasingly making the move into broadband to fill the supply gap. Many coops have found that building out a broadband network using their existing infrastructure, either on their own or through a partnership with established telecommunications providers, is an efficient way to help manage a modern, connected electrical grid as well as a productive way...
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Solar Panels Installed at Mississippi Solar Facilities

Cooperative Energy and Origis Energy USA announced the first installation of solar panels at a 540-acre solar site in Mississippi. When completed, this facility will encompass approximately 200,000 photovoltaic solar panels.
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GridLiance Completes Purchase of Valley Electric Association’s High Voltage Transmission System

GridLiance Holdco, L.P. (GridLiance) has completed an acquisition of Valley Electric Association, Inc.’s (VEA) 230kV transmission system and entered into an ongoing partnership with VEA for the operation and maintenance of the transmission system. The acquisition consists of approximately 160 miles of transmission lines and related substation equipment.
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Drones Help Coops Restore Power After Harvey

Multiple cooperatives used drones to locate problems in hard-to-reach areas after Hurricane Harvey. Pedernales Electric Cooperative relied on its drone team to fly 60 missions and inspect more than 1,600 poles after the storm.
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