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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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