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Flathead Cooperative plans Solar Project with Whitefish

Flathead Electric Cooperative will begin construction on its third community solar project, developed in partnership with Whitefish City this summer. The cooperative received a grant of near $500,000 from the Department of Agriculture to help fund the project.

Co-op Consortium Selected for $45M in DOE Funding for Rural Microgrids

DOE announced Feb. 27 that it will negotiate $45.2 million in funding for seven electrical cooperatives under the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations’ Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas Program in order to build a range of microgrids to improve grid resiliency and reliability for remote and economically challenged communities across the country.

Dairyland to Construct New Long-Range Transmission

Dairyland Power Cooperative announced plans to build a 354 kV transmission line from Blair to Alma. The work is part of a 150-mile long-range transmission project in southern Minnesota.

Alabama Cooperatives Receive Grants to Build Broadband

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer $188 million in grants to expand high-speed internet in the state. Beneficiaries include Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, Cullman Electric Cooperative, Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp., and Tombigbee Electric Cooperative.

NRECA Urges Expansion of Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association urged congress to increase minimum requirements for uplink standards to empower electric cooperatives to compete with larger ISPs for BEAD grants. At least 200 of the 900 electric cooperatives are providing some form of broadband service to members, and cooperatives are among the fastest growing set of broadband providers.

DOE Awards 5.7 Million for Battery Storage to Dairyland Power Cooperative

The Department of Energy awarded Dairyland Power Cooperative an Office of Clean Energy Demonstration grant to build energy storage and strengthen grid resilience. The $5.7 million dollar grant will be used to build battery storage in Allamakee County, Iowa, which serves members of Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative.

Texas Cooperative to Construct Fort Worth Facility

United Cooperative Service is considering a $33 million construction project near Fort Worth, Texas that would include offices, a warehouse, a vehicle service bay and a vehicle wash bay. The facility would begin construction in January of 2024 and be completed in June of 2025.

Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. wins $12 million in broadband grants

Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. was one of the beneficiaries of the $386 million distributed by Kentucky for broadband deployment. The cooperative, and other winners will use the funds to run fiber to underserved locations.

19 Cooperatives Receive $434 Million from USDA Electric Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced over $430 million in rural infrastructure loans to 19 cooperatives in 10 states to assist with strengthened systems, grid reliability and security. Minnesota cooperative Lake County Power received the largest loan of $82 million to build 400 miles of line and improve four substations.

Dairyland Power Cooperative Opens New Digital Operations Center

Dairyland Power Cooperative, which serves 700,000 in Wisconsin, is opening a new digital operations center. The upgraded center will provide operators real-time tools to manage the new and varied resource types on the grid.

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