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Texas Cooperative to Install Battery Storage System

Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has signed an agreement with Aggreko, a provider of mobile and modular power solutions, to install and commission a battery energy storage system in Johnson City, Texas. The system will provide solar shifting from a nearby solar farm within the PEC service territory.

FERC Decision Draws NRECA Commentary

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) issued a statement criticizing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) refusal to reconsider rules on energy storage resources in wholesale markets. NRECA leadership noted that FERC’s assumption of discretionary authority may undermine local utilities’ and regulatory authorities’ management of storage resources for...

Midwest Electric Cooperatives Launch Battery Storage Project

In an effort to learn if the use of smart batteries can reduce peak electricity demand, or provide other benefits, four Midwestern electric cooperatives are experimenting with storage technology by installing smart batteries in some members’ homes. MiEnergy Cooperative, Richland Electric Cooperative, Oakdale Electric Cooperative and Jo-Carroll Energy pooled resources and knowledge to...

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 Association.

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 funds.

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