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USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will invest $251 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states. The investment includes funding to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security, as well as funding to help build and improve 1,971 miles of line to improve electric reliability in rural...

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...

Cooperatives Decide to Join Southwest Power Pool Market

Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced their decision to join Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) market. When SPP launches the WEIS in February 2021, it will become the market administrator for these and potentially other electric utilities in the...

Mississippi Coops Approve Retail Broadband Plans

The boards of four Mississippi coops have approved plans for the coops to enter the retail broadband space following Mississippi’s enactment of the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act.

Coops Awarded $181 Million for Metering and Line Upgrades

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded loans totaling $181 million to 11 coops and one solar farm that serve a total of 214,000 rural residents and businesses in 10 states.

North Carolina Coop Leader Touts Microgrid Projects at Senate Hearing

Lee Ragsdale, Senior Vice President of Grid Infrastructure and Compliance at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, recently spoke at a Senate hearing on energy innovation and economic growth regarding current initiatives to strengthen the energy grid. Specifically, Ragsdale spoke about using solar farms, demand-response programs, energy storage, and microgrids to strengthen the...

Virginia Coop Gets Broadband Expansion Funds

The Prince George Electric Cooperative has received funds from the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband service to more than 5,200 rural locations in the Virginia counties of Prince George, Sussex, Surry, Isle of Wight and...

Alabama and North Carolina Laws Authorize Coops to Provide Broadband

The governors of Alabama and North Carolina have signed new laws that authorize electric coops to deploy retail broadband, pursue federal funds available for the task and allow coops to use their existing easements and infrastructure to deploy the...

Two Coops Receive Funding from FCC for Broadband

Two coops–Co-Mo Electric Cooperative and Callaway Electric Cooperative–will receive more than $24 million each from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand broadband in central Missouri.

USDA Announces Continued Investments in Rural Electric Systems

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that it will provide $858 million in funding for rural electric systems to improve infrastructure and invest in smart grid technology. Major recipients include the Carroll Electric Cooperative in Berryville, AR and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. The loans result in part from the recommendations of the...

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