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Groundbreaking on Basin Electric Power Cooperative Carbon Capture Partnership

Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries joined with state officials in Gillette, Wyoming to break ground on two facilities designed to use carbon captured at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station. The facilities will be the largest non-solvent-based capture plant in the world and will collect the flue gas produced by the 405-megawatt station,...

$3.6 Million Awarded to Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative to Support Distribution System Repairs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative over $3.6 million to repair its distribution system, which was damaged during a serve winter storm last year.

Stakeholders Ask President Biden to Prioritize U.S. Steel Production for Electric Grid

The NRECA and eight other national organizations recently wrote to the President requesting the prioritization of domestic steel production in order to help meet the unprecedented demand for electrification, grid modernization and resilience initiatives.

Biden Administration Makes $11 Billion Available for Clean Energy Development in Rural America

The White House announced the opening of two programs designed to distribute $11 billion in grants and loan opportunities to various stakeholders, including rural electric cooperatives, for investment in clean energy resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Empower Rural America program will provide $9.7 billion for rural electric cooperatives and its Power Affordable Clean...

NRECA Chief Executive Officer Questions EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced rules for greenhouse gas emissions this week, with initial requirements beginning in 2030, which could spur the retirement of certain coal-fired and gas-fired generators. The limits vary based on the size of the generator and certain operational characteristics. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Chief Executive...

NorthWestern Energy Partners with East River Electric Cooperative for Switchyard Upgrade

NorthWestern Energy has partnered with East River Electric Cooperative and Central Electric Cooperative for a $7.8 million switchyard project. The project will increase reliability for customers in the area.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Urges Congress to Reduce Broadband Costs through Permitting Reform

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) senior vice president told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee that the 200 electric cooperatives which provide broadband to their members face expensive delays in permitting, complicating access to the $42.5 billion in the Broadband Equity, Access and Development Program.

Wisconsin Electric Cooperatives Partner with OneEnergy Renewables to Add 22 Megawatts of New Solar Generation

Nine Wisconsin electric cooperatives are working together to form a partnership with OneEnergy Renewables to build 12 utility scale solar arrays across the state. When completed, the project will generate enough electricity to power 4,000 rural homes.

SEMO Electric Cooperative Granted over $16 Million to Improve Internet Access in Rural Missouri

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced a grant of over $16 million to SEMO Electric Cooperative as part of its Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program.  The grant will help to bring fiber internet service to parts of Stoddard and Butler counties in rural southeast Missouri.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Research Arm Applies for Funding to Assist Small Electric Cooperatives in Smart Grid Efforts

NRECA Research, the research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, has applied for funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan to assist a consortium of small electric cooperatives in smart grid deployment.

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