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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...

FCC Appoints NRECA’s Matheson to Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, recently appointed National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO, Jim Matheson, to serve on a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. The committee will identify new ways to encourage the expansion of broadband to rural communities, as well as aim to improve disaster response and recovery capabilities in the...

Two Coops Receive Funding from FCC for Broadband

Two coops – ECO Services and United Services – will receive more than $20 million each from the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband in Oklahoma and Missouri.

NRECA CEO Voices Support for President Trump’s Executive Orders on Energy Infrastructure

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO, Jim Matheson, recently expressed support of President Trump’s Executive Orders on Energy Infrastructure Development: “Today’s announcement paves the way for electric coops to enhance system reliability and reduce wildfire risk by improving access to maintain and upgrade electric systems located on federal lands. By...

Vermont Electric Cooperative Receives Aid for Storm Damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will contribute more than $1.2 million to the Vermont Electric Cooperative to fund system repairs that were necessary as a result of the severe storms in May 2018. Vermont Emergency Management helped Vermont Electric to receive the...

USDA Debuts New Investments in Rural Electric Infrastructure and Smart Grid Technology

On April 8, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $485 million in investments in the rural electric system. With investment funds going to 13 states, necessary transmission lines and smart grid technology for rural cooperatives are key...

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