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Oregon Cooperative Assists with Baker City Land and Building Acquisition

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative assisted the Baker Rural Fire Protection District to acquire $520,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to acquire land and build a new fire station in Baker City, Oregon. The funding will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and help mitigate the threat of wildfires.

HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative Donates $15,000 to Aid Ukraine

HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Portland, Michigan has donated $15,000 to the nonprofit Cooperative Development Foundation which will help support COOP Ukraine, an organization that is providing housing and meals for displaced Ukrainians

NRECA International Eyes Electrifying New Communities

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International hopes to continue electrification efforts in Zambia and Guatemala in 2022. The efforts have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Carolina Electric Cooperative Awarded $6 Million to Aid Members with Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

Roanoke Electric Cooperative (Roanoke) in North Carolina was recently awarded a $6 million loan by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program designed to help rural businesses fight climate change, create jobs, and expand access to renewable technologies. Roanoke will use the funds to expand its existing energy-efficiency program and to aid the cooperative’s broadband subsidiary...

Florida Cooperative Assists in Animal Sanctuary Improvements

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) is teaming up with the nonprofit group Historic Monkey Island to improve living conditions at a community primate sanctuary. WREC will provide manpower and equipment to install climate control systems, a new playground and additional protective barriers.

Electric Cooperative in Florida Donates $2 Million

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) donated more than half a million dollars to two high schools in Hernando and Pasco counties and awarded $1.3 million in post-secondary scholarships to children of members in its five-county service area. Funding came from WREC’s educational foundation.

Vermont Electric Cooperative Aims to Cut Gas Lawnmowers Short

Vermont Electric Cooperative just added a new bill credit to its VEC Energy Transformation Program. The new initiative will provide customers purchasing electric lawnmowers with either a $50 or $1,000 bill credit for residential and commercial mowers, respectively.

Mississippi Allows Electric Cooperatives to Offer Internet Service

This week Mississippi passed a bill allowing electrical cooperatives in the state to offer customers high-speed internet service. The measure, seeking to better Mississippians’ access to internet service, will allow cooperatives to seek U.S. Department of Agriculture grants for extending internet service.

Florida Coop Executive Engages in Community Economic Development

In an effort to bring jobs to members served by Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC), Billy Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager of WREC, offers to develop 40 acres of land behind one of WREC’s facilities for a manufacturer or other business to start operations.