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Cooperatives and Other Groups Urge the Department of Energy to Alleviate Supply Chain Challenges

The American Public Power Association, the Edison Electric Institute and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association submitted joint comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) at the end of November, urging the DOE to use the Defense Production Act to prioritize transformers and critical grid components. The groups noted that electric reliability is a prerequisite to many of...

Southeast Energy Exchange Market Unveils New Energy Trading Market

The Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) opened up operation this week, allowing for first of their kind market transactions in power for the region. SEEM will cover 23 entities in 12 states, with more than 180,000 megawatts, including Associated Electric Cooperative, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, and North Carolina Electric Membership...

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative to Complete Work on the Jug Handle Bridge

While the North Carolina Department of Transportation began its final phase of the Jug Handle Bridge project, the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative continues work on the new conduit system located under the 2.4-mile-long structure. The new under-bridge system was expected to be complete by February 2023, but the work will finish months ahead of schedule.

Florida Cooperatives Warn That Repairs Could Take Weeks

As Florida continues to cope with effects of Hurricane Ian, electric cooperatives across the state have begun restoration and repair work after more than 300,000 meters lost power. Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative let members know by social media post that restorations would be delayed, but that full restoration efforts would begin on Friday morning. Lee County Electric...

Great River Energy to Build Transmission Line to Bolster Reliability

Great River Energy, in partnership with Minnesota Power – a division of ALLETE Inc., announced its intent to build an approximately 150-mile, double-circuit 345-kV transmission line from northern Minnesota to central Minnesota that will support grid reliability in the Upper Midwest.

Tribal Government Sells Solar Power to Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Reducing Diesel Fuel Demand

Two Alaska communities north of the Arctic Circle are benefiting from a new solar installation owned by a local tribal government that is selling the power back to the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. This arrangement is expected to reduce demand for diesel fuel by about 25,000 gallons a year in a region that has some of the highest energy costs in the state.

Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative Partners with Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority are partnering to bring electricity to more than 200 Navajo families. The Navajo Nation has allocated $44 million in CARES Act funds to provide power line extensions. So far, 24 projects have been completed, connecting 737 families.

Coop Lineworkers Volunteering to Help Electrify Guatemalan Village

A team of 16 lineworker volunteers from electric cooperatives in Oklahoma and Colorado, including Cimarron Electric Cooperative, Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, and Holy Cross Energy, will travel to Guatemala in this summer with NRECA International to help electrify a small mountain village of about 250 people.

Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative Receives $13.4 Million USDA Loan

Lewis County Electric Cooperative in Lewiston, Missouri has received a $13.4 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The loan will go towards upgrading transmission lines and funding smart grid upgrades.

Great River Energy Completes Sale of Coal Creek Station

Rainbow Energy Center, LLC has purchased Coal Creek Station, a coal-fired power plant, from Great River Energy. The sale will preserve jobs at the plant, and the new ownership has stated its commitment to carbon capture objectives.

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