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Oregon Wildfires Devastate Coop-Served Communities

Wildfires fueled by strong winds are ravaging western Oregon, destroying small towns served by electric cooperatives, forcing people to flee their homes, and spurring four coops to turn off power at night to avoid sparking new blazes. Ted Case, executive director of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Wilsonville said the wildfires have hit four of the state’s 18 coops...

Basin Electric’s Carbon Storage Study Moves on to Geophysical Survey

Work toward a commercial-scale geological carbon dioxide storage complex near Gillette, Wyoming moved to the next stage today with a geophysical survey covering about 9 square miles of rural land around Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s (Basin) Dry Fork Station power plant. Basin and other partners are working to develop a site near Dry Fork Station and the Wyoming Integrated Test...

SMECO Approved to Offer 100% Green Option for Default Service

The Maryland Public Service Commission, in a 4-1 decision, approved the application of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO) to implement a proposed option for SMECO members who take Standard Offer Service the choice to have SMECO make the power supply for their load one hundred percent “green.”

North Carolina’s Coops Set a Goal of Zero-Net Carbon by 2050

North Carolina’s 26 electric coops have announced a goal to cut their carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050. In order to meet this goal, the electric coops plan to utilize advanced technologies that make the electric grid more flexible, efficient and resilient, as well as continuing their use of carbon-free nuclear energy. This effort is part of a larger...

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...

Kansas Coop Contemplates Construction of Coal Plant

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. (“Sunflower”), an electric power cooperative in Kansas, plans to build the Holcomb 2 Plant, an approximately 895 MW coal plant. However, Sunflower must begin construction of the coal plant by March 2020 or it will lose its state construction permit. Against the backdrop of current prevailing politics regarding coal-fired plants and the steady retirement...

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...

Arkansas Coop Partners with Municipality to Install Solar Project and Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Ozarks Electric Cooperative and Today’s Power, Inc. are collaborating with the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas on the state’s largest solar power project to operate on municipal land and the only one in the state with onsite utility-scale energy storage.

Mississippi Law Allows Coops to Pursue Broadband

A new Mississippi law expands a coop’s authority to pursue broadband through an affiliate that is separate from its electric service. The law will allow a coop to hang broadband fiber on its existing power poles and lease it to the affiliate. Alternatively, the affiliate can partner with an internet provider to pursue the service.

Minnesota Coop Offers Customer Choice of Wind Power

The city of Eden Prairie, Minnesota is encouraging residents to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by electing to power their homes through renewable energy. The Renewable Energy Challenge, running through October 31, allows users to convert to a green fuel source for a small monthly fee. The participating programs are Xcel Energy’s Windsource and Minnesota Valley Electric...

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