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Middle Tennessee Electric invests $85 million in fiber-optic for its members

Middle Tennessee Electric’s United Communications service will invest to expand fiber internet service to 77,000 members in Murfreesboro. The $85 million will go towards 1,400 route miles of new fiber-optic cables.

Oglethorpe Power Announces Commercial Operation of First New U.S. Nuclear Unit in Three Decades

Oglethorpe Power Corporation has announced that Plant Vogtle Unit 3 has reached commercial operation, the first new nuclear unit in three decades, which will provide emissions-free power to Georgia.

Trico Electric Cooperative Participates in Light up Navajo Program

Employees of Trico Electric Cooperative are the first Arizona participants in the Light Up Navajo program to provide electricity to members of the Navajo Nation in Chile, Arizona.

United Power announces 20 year battery storage contract

Colorado cooperative United Power, Inc. announced a 20 year agreement for battery storage throughout their service territory designed to integrate renewable resources and balance their load. Ameresco Inc, a cleantech integrator will install the 78.3 MW, 313.34 MWh batteries.

Minnesota Cooperatives Seek Federal Funds for Small-Scale Utility and Electrification Projects

A partnership of Minnesota electric cooperatives and utilities, including Arrowhead Electric Cooperative and Wild Rice Electric Cooperative and its transmission supplier, Minnkota, are seeking $240 million in federal funds to advance roughly 300 small-scale utility and electrification projects throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to announce grant awards...

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...

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