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Iowa Coop Installing Batteries in Homes

MiEnergy Cooperative has started installing smart battery storage systems in the homes of its members as a way to test batteries as a tool for energy management. MiEnergy is one of four cooperatives that have commissioned a battery storage system as part of a pilot program sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative...

Colorado Utility Company Will Install Large Battery Storage Project

Xcel Energy-Colorado, the state’s largest electric utility, will add 275 MW of battery storage by 2022. The move highlights the potential that improved electric storage technology holds for electric utilities across a variety of generation resources.

Energy Storage Systems Added to Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s Service Territory

Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables have commissioned 12 MWh of GridStar Lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects that will provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, a North Carolina cooperative (“Brunswick EMC”). Lockheed Martin’s GridStar technology ensures that this electricity is rapidly...

Minnesota Coop Continues Program for Electric Vehicles

Great River Energy has announced plans to continue a program designed to allow cooperative members to fuel electric vehicles with wind energy.

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...

Coops Offer Geothermal Programs

Several coops are offering programs and rebates to install geothermal systems designed to lower demand. The cooperative works with geothermal companies and developers to put in a loop system, and owns, maintains and repairs the loop system.

USDA Awards Its First Loans under the Rural Energy Savings Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will provide two rural energy providers, South Carolina’s KW Savings Co. and Ohio’s Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, with $13 million and $1 million loans, respectively, under the Rural Energy Savings Program. Seven rural electric cooperatives are the intended recipients of KW Savings Co.’s loan...

WEC Installs Fourth Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) installed its fourth electric vehicle (EV) charging station on December 9, 2016. This project was aided by a $147,000 grant from the Vermont Low-Income Trust for Energy. This EV charging station is strategically located at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, Vermont. By helping to develop an infrastructure that makes EV usage more practical, the...

Connexus Energy Awards Smart-Grid Contract to Honeywell

Connexus Energy of Minnesota (Connexus) has awarded a smart-grid contract worth $15 million to Honeywell.  The project will provide Connexus members with remote electricity reading.  The project will require replacement of approximately 138,000 electric meters with Honeywell’s new “EnergyAxis” meters equipped with its “SynergyNet” mesh networking software.  The new meters will transmit...

USDA Announces $3.6 Billion in Funding for 82 Electric Projects

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that the USDA will provide $3.6 billion in loans to electric utilities in 31 states to fund 82 projects.  The loans, which will be provided through the Electric Program and the Rural Utilities Service, include $216 million for smart grid technologies, $35 million for renewable energy, $26 million for environmental...

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