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House Reconciliation Bill Includes Provisions to Assist Coops in Energy Transition

The recently passed House budget reconciliation bill includes two provisions that will directly assist electric cooperatives, including Direct Pay Energy Innovation Tax Credits, which provides the equivalent of a federal tax incentive for renewable investments via direct payments, and the USDA Voluntary Energy Transition Program, which provides $10 billion to defray the cost of...

Electric Cooperatives Laud Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson praised Congress’ passage of a bipartisan infrastructure bill that will support clean energy technologies, broadband deployment, grid modernization and resiliency and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, all of which will assist in meeting the needs of communities served by electric cooperatives.

Minnesota Cooperatives Win at Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

On October 5, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) permitted Conexus Energy to replace distribution line located underneath tracks owned by BNSF Railway for only “reasonable and necessary” traffic and flagging expenses, rejecting BNSF’s 52 requirements and request for hearing. The ruling was the first test of a railway crossing law by an electric coop before the MPUC after...

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Work Together to Provide Hurricane Ida Relief

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives dispatched an additional 181 line workers and utility vehicles to Houma to help South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association restore power. Arkansas Electric Cooperatives previously sent more than 200 line workers to Louisiana to assist with the storm damage hours after Hurricane Ida struck through Louisiana.

PrecisionHawk Collaborates with NRECA to Train UAV Pilots Conducting Electric Grid Inspections

PrecisionHawk, Inc., a leading provider of actionable intelligence for enterprises’ physical assets, today announced it is collaborating with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to bring a new wave of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) instruction to electric coops across the United States. The course and skills assessment are designed to increase unmanned aircraft...

Coop to Use Helicopter to Trim Trees

EnerstarElectric Cooperative is teaming up with Aerial Solutions to use a helicopter with a suspended saw to chop down trees to prevent interference with power lines in its service area this month. The trimming process is expected to last two weeks, and the amount of time in each specific area will vary from a few hours to a full day.

SMECO Begins Extensive Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is creating an electric vehicle charging network that will grow to 60 stations over the next four years as the coop works to help Maryland achieve its ambitious goal of having 300,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2025. The coop’s stations are at public locations that include regional parks, senior centers and libraries.

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Electric Grid

Senators Murkowski, Manchin, Risch, King and Rosen have introduced the Protecting Resources on the Electric Grid with Cybersecurity Technology (PROTECT) Act. The Act seeks to enhance electric grid security by incentivizing cybersecurity investment.

NRECA Reacts to Biden Infrastructure Plan

In a statement released Wednesday, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) announced it was encouraged to see electric coop priorities reflected in President Biden’s infrastructure proposal. Select provisions that will benefit coops and their customer-members are $100 billion to update the nation’s energy grid and expand existing transmission infrastructure, and $15...

Tennessee Valley Authority to Build Kentucky’s Largest Solar Site

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced plans last Thursday to build the largest solar-plus-storage project in its Kentucky service area. The new Logan County solar farm, part of the TVA’s Green Invest program, will provide Facebook’s regional data center operations with 145 megawatts of solar power and General Motors’ Corvette Plant in Bowling Green with 28...

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