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CORE Electric Cooperative Forms Partnership to Plant Trees in Colorado

In a first of its kind venture, CORE Electric Cooperative (CORE) has partnered with FarmBox Foods to plant trees in a Vertical Hydroponic Farm inside an upcycled shipping container to rehabilitate forests along Colorado’s Front Range. CORE plans on planting 15,000 blue spruces and ponderosa pines in the first three years of the project.

SCOTUS Rules EPA Lacks the Authority to Cap Existing Power Plants’ CO2

On Thursday, June 30, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) concluded that the Clean Power Plan’s limitation of carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants falls outside of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association supported an amicus brief filed by cooperatives with the Supreme Court...

North Dakota Approves Loan for Minnkota Power Cooperative’s Project Tundra

On Monday, May 23, the North Dakota Industrial Commission approved loans and grants worth more than $115 million for three projects aiming to use emerging technologies to store carbon dioxide underground. Among such loans and grants is a $100 million low-interest loan for Project Tundra, Minnkota Power Cooperative’s carbon capture project.

Nemadji Trail Energy Center Clears Legal Hurdles

Following legal challenges from several interest groups, the Nemadji Trail Energy Center, a proposed $700 million combined-cycle natural gas energy plant in Wisconsin, was determined to be in compliance with environmental and construction requirements. The plant will be owned and operated by Dairyland Power Cooperative, among others.

NRECA CEO: Carbon-Free Electricity Generation by 2035 Is Overly Ambitious

After the Biden administration set the goal of achieving a 100% carbon-free electric sector by 2035, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO, Jim Matheson, argued to Congress this overly ambitious goal could threaten grid reliability and requires technology that is not yet available. Matheson suggested Congress instead focus on a resilient and reliable electric...

KIUC Recognized as Electric Cooperative of the Year

Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) was one of eight electric utilities recognized as “Power Players of the Year” by the Smart Electric Power Alliance. KIUC earned its award in the category of Electric Cooperative of the Year for demonstrating industry leadership through unique innovation in an effort to significantly accelerate the transformation to a clean and modern energy...

Blue Ridge Electric Erects Structures to Enhance Dove Fields

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative recently donated equipment, staff and poles to put up two segments of non-active power lines at Tall Pines Wildlife Management Area dove fields in Greenville County, South Carolina. The lines give doves additional habitat and a place to roost where they can rest and keep their eyes on birds of prey. The lines also give wildlife biologists an easy way to...

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...

Grundy Electric Cooperative and Missouri Department of Conservation Partner for Wildlife Projects

Grundy Electric Cooperative is partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on a project to benefit wildlife habitat and reduce power line right-of-way maintenance costs. Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives must keep trees out of distribution lines that carry electricity from substations to homes and businesses. Under the voluntary Wires Over Wildlife program,...

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...

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