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USDA Announces $1.6 Billion Investment Into Rural Electric Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it is providing $1.6 billion in loans and loan guarantees to rural electric cooperatives and utilities in 21 states through the Electric Loan Program. The funds will be used to build and improve 9,138 miles of electric transmission and distribution line, and include approximately $386 million for investments in smart grid...

Georgia Coop Adds “Sunflowers” to Solar Garden

Cobb Electric Membership Corp. has built a solar garden that includes three “sunflowers” whose petal-shaped solar panels track the sun. The “sunflowers” are a part of the Georgia coop’s solar project that can produce nearly 2.4 million KWh of electricity per...

Southern Illinois Power Cooperative to Retire Largest Coal-Fired Unit

Southern Illinois Power Cooperative has announced a tentative decision to retire its largest coal-fired generator as early as this fall.

Tri-State Announces Retirement of Coal Generation in Colorado and New Mexico

On January 9, 2020, not-for-profit cooperative wholesale power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State) announced the retirement of its remaining New Mexico coal-fired power plant by the end of 2020 and its remaining Colorado coal plants and coal mine by 2030. Tri-State believes that the retirement of these coal facilities will further its members’ clean...

Alabama Cooperatives Receive USDA Funding to Improve Rural Broadband

Four companies will use $62.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand rural broadband infrastructure to parts of Alabama. Specifically, Tombigbee Electric Cooperative, Millry Telephone Co., Farmers Telecommunication Cooperative and National Telephone of Alabama are using grants from the USDA to improve e-connectivity. More than 8,000 rural households, 57 farms,...

USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure Improvements

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.4 billion in projects in 21 states to build and improve rural electric infrastructure.

VEC Provides Savings for Members

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has saved its members $90,000 in peak capacity market costs since it started operating a utility-scale lithium-ion battery in July. The system allows VEC to discharge 400 MWhs onto the grid when it’s most needed to reduce peak capacity market...

Minnesota Coop Receives USDA Funding to Improve Electric Systems

Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association (Meeker) will use a $7.1 million loan to install a fiber backbone that will enable two-way communications between 14 substations and the coop’s headquarters. The funds are a part of the $22 million Meeker received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Electric Loan Program to improve its distribution...

USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will invest $251 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states. The investment includes funding to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security, as well as funding to help build and improve 1,971 miles of line to improve electric reliability in rural...

North Carolina Cooperatives Invest $1 Million in Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are investing $1 million to expand electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state. The cooperatives’ investment is being provided through North Carolina Electric Membership Corp., the state’s generation and transmission cooperative. The funding will be used to install 21 charging stations by the end of this...

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