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North Carolina Cooperatives Invest $1 Million in Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are investing $1 million to expand electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state. The cooperatives’ investment is being provided through North Carolina Electric Membership Corp., the state’s generation and transmission cooperative. The funding will be used to install 21 charging stations by the end of this year.

Project Tundra Awarded $9.8 Million for Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it will provide $9.8 million for Front-End Engineering and Design work for Project Tundra and the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota to continue leading the Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership. Project Tundra seeks to build a carbon-capture unit at Minnkota Power Cooperative’s existing...

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.

NOVEC Enters Into 300 MW Solar PPA

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for approximately 300 MW of electrical energy output from solar facilities owned by D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments.

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.

Tri-State and EDP Renewables Announce Wind PPA

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State) and EDP Renewables (EDP) have announced a 104 MW, 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that will enable the development and construction of the Crossing Trails Wind Farm. The wind farm, which is expected to be operational in 2020, will produce enough electricity annually to power more than 47,000 average rural Colorado...

NRECA Files Comments in Support of EPA Proposed Coal Plant Emissions Rule

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and other lobbying groups representing electric utilities recently filed comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, endorsing looser pollution standards for coal-fired power plant generators. The EPA hopes to finalize the ACE rule by March 2019.

ACE Rule the ‘Best Path Forward’ for Electric Cooperatives

On October 1, 2018, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson testified in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. “The proposed ACE rule provides crucial flexibility so electric coops can respond to market conditions, technologies and industry changes at the same time they continue to contribute to...

Arkansas Coops Moving Away From Coal

Although coal remains a significant fuel source in the state of Arkansas, the state’s energy producers are currently focused on lower-emission natural gas-fueled generation and renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects natural gas generation to rise to 34% nationally by 2019, up from 32% in 2017. Coal’s share, 30% in 2017, is...

How Clean Power Plan Replacement Affects Coops

The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with a more flexible rule governing carbon dioxide emissions that is expected to reduce compliance costs for coal-based generation. This proposal is known as the Affordable Clean Energy rule, and it should provide cooperatives with the certainty and flexibility needed to meet their...

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