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Florida PSC Approves Two Plants to Serve Coop Customers

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the development of two new natural gas plants to serve coop customers. The PSC approved a 1,122 MW plant in Putnam County proposed by Seminole Electric Cooperative, which is scheduled to be in service by December 2022. The PSC also approved a 573 MW power plant in Pasco County proposed by Seminole Electric and Shady Hills Energy...

Coalition Works to Highlight Rural Connectivity

Executives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, as well as executives from four other partner organizations – Farm Foundation, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, CoBank, and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation – to kick off...

CIPCO Announces Development of Wind Facility

Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) announced development of the Heartland Divide Wind Farm, a 104 MW wind project, which is set for completion by the end of 2018. Once operational, the new wind farm will represent CIPCO’s largest wind energy project to date.

SCI REMC Announces Phase I of Fiber-To-The-Home Project

South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) announced that it is kicking off its anticipated fiber-to-the-home business. Construction is set to begin in June, and SCI REMC plans to offer members in the initial coverage areas an opportunity to start signing up for service at the end of the...

USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it is investing $276 million in rural electric infrastructure, some of which is being awarded directly to coops, to improve system efficiency and reliability.

Ohio Coop Rebrands, Expands Services

Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Inc. has rebranded to Consolidated Cooperative, effective immediately. The change coincides with the start of construction on a fiber-optic network to deliver high-speed internet service to its members and nearby communities.

Tennessee’s HolstonConnect Prepares to Offer Broadband Services

HolstonConnect, a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of Holston Electric Cooperative (“HEC”), was established in late 2017 to provide fiber-based services to HEC members. In January, HEC’s board of directors approved HolstonConnect to begin the initial phase of construction in order to provide high-speed internet services to HEC members. The internet services provided by...

Cooperative to Partner with SUNY on Solar and Battery Storage Project

Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC), the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) have announced a new project to build a solar and energy storage system that will provide clean, local power to the State University of New York at Delhi campus and the local community. This project is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy...

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Announces Plan to Build Fiber Network

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) has announced its plan to build a fiber network in order to deliver high-speed communications throughout its electric distribution system. CVEC intends to use this fiber network to make high-speed internet service available to all of its members. The CVEC Board of Directors has approved a one-year pilot program, to begin in 2018, and hopes...

New Hampshire Cooperative Seeking FEMA Reimbursement

President Trump has granted a request for a major disaster declaration in Belknap County, New Hampshire and elsewhere for an October 29, 2017 – November 1, 2017 storm that brought flooding rains and damaging winds. The declaration will free up funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to government entities and some private nonprofits for up to 75 percent of the...

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