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Illinois Coop Uses VR Technology

Jo-Carroll Energy, an Illinois cooperative, is now using virtual reality (VR) technology to allow its employees to virtually access substations 25 to 70 miles away from its headquarters. Specifically, engineers at Jo-Carroll Energy and its power suppliers, Dairyland Power Cooperative and Prairie Power, Inc., can now virtually access highly-detailed, accurate scans of 18 of the coop’s...

Minnesota Coops Participate in Indoor Food Production Research Initiative

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (“TWEC”), a distribution electric cooperative in Minnesota, and Great River Energy, TWEC’s generation and transmission electric cooperative in Minnesota, are each collaborating with the Electricity Power Research Institute on a two-year study to provide valuable data on the electric load requirements for indoor food production containers. As part of...

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...

Coops Work to Make EV Charging More Convenient

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative is working with Frances Renewable Energy, distribution cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and other entities across Oklahoma to develop electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within an hour’s drive, anywhere in the state, by early...

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...

NRECA Partners on U.S. EV Charging White Paper

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE), and the American Public Power Association (APPA) with respect to a white paper identifying challenges and recommendations to drive greater interoperability and...

North Carolina Coop Leader Touts Microgrid Projects at Senate Hearing

Lee Ragsdale, Senior Vice President of Grid Infrastructure and Compliance at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, recently spoke at a Senate hearing on energy innovation and economic growth regarding current initiatives to strengthen the energy grid. Specifically, Ragsdale spoke about using solar farms, demand-response programs, energy storage, and microgrids to strengthen the...

Texas Cooperatives Agree to Purchase Solar Energy

In an effort to provide an increased supply of clean energy to their members, five Texas electric distribution cooperatives—Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Comanche Electric Cooperative, Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative, PenTex Energy and South Plains Electric Cooperative—have agreed to purchase 7 MWdc of distribution-scale solar generation. The solar arrays are scheduled to begin...

Mississippi Law Allows Coops to Pursue Broadband

A new Mississippi law expands a coop’s authority to pursue broadband through an affiliate that is separate from its electric service. The law will allow a coop to hang broadband fiber on its existing power poles and lease it to the affiliate. Alternatively, the affiliate can partner with an internet provider to pursue the...

United Power Cooperative Storage System Comes Online

United Power Cooperative has unveiled the largest battery storage system in Colorado. The battery stores 4 megawatts, and United Power anticipates it will save customers $1 million per year.

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