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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...

Texas Coop to Strengthen Infrastructure

Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative is currently replacing and increasing the number of poles and lines in anticipation of “storm season” in East Texas. The coop believes the investment will save money down the road by avoiding repeated repairs.

USDA Invests $598 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure After Severe Weather

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today a $598 million rural electric loan package to build or improve electric infrastructure in 11 states through the Electric Loan Program. This funding will benefit 460,000 rural residents and businesses in Arizona, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. Several...

Texas Coop Requests Suspension of ERCOT Invoicing, Billing, Collection

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative asked Texas state regulators to order the Electric Reliability Corporation of Texas (ERCOT) to suspend invoicing, billing and collection of charges related to February’s power outages after it was discovered that ERCOT may have charged $16 billion more than it should have during the mid-February winter storm. The coop says charges “stand to cause...

SEEM Members Submit Filing for Proposed Advanced Bilateral Market Platform

The Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) members recently filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the approval of an automated, intra-hour energy exchange that aims to lower costs to customers and optimize renewable energy resources. The new SEEM platform will facilitate sub-hourly, bilateral trading, allowing participants to buy and sell power close to the time the...

Microgrid Being Planned Near Aspen, Colorado

Electric cooperative Holy Cross Energy, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, and Pitkin County representatives are conducting a feasibility study for a local, renewable energy microgrid. The proposed microgrid would connect the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport with neighboring public facilities and would be incorporated into the existing infrastructure of Holy Cross Energy.

Electric Cooperatives Form New Broadband Association

Five electric cooperatives in Virginia and Maryland have formed a broadband cooperative association aimed at encouraging the expansion of high-speed internet service in underserved rural areas. The new Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Broadband Cooperatives (VMDABC) includes Millboro-based BARC Electric Cooperative and its BARC Connects subsidiary, Arrington-based...

Coops Work Together to Restore Power in 2020

The tumultuous weather of 2020 saw coop line crews logging thousands of miles and long hours to restore power. Coops from more than two dozen states provided mutual aid on restoration projects in the hardest-hit areas this year.

Southwest Pool Power Considering Westward Expansion

Regional transmission operator Southwest Pool Power (SPP) announced interest in a western state expansion after a recent study found the move would produce $49 million a year in savings. If membership is pursued, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Deseret Power Electric Cooperative and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, amongst others, could become the first members to...

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