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NRECA Earns $6 Million Grant from Department of Energy to Boost Cybersecurity

The Department of Energy recently awarded the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association a $6 million grant to expand ongoing research and development into electric coop cybersecurity tools. Specifically, the grant will enable a three-year project, known as Essence 2.0, which will provide NRECA’s member cooperatives with a revolutionary cyber monitoring tool that enables...

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Energizes New Battery Storage System

Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has installed and energized a new battery storage system, making it the first cooperative in Texas to utilize battery storage. The battery storage system can hold a total of 2.25 MWs of electricity for two hours and are charged by PEC’s Johnson City solar installation.

Coops Help Install a Microgrid for an Egg Farm

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, North Carolina EMC and Tideland EMC have worked in partnership to facilitate installation of a system comprised of a 2 MW solar array, a 2.5 MW battery, backup diesel generation and a controller that will serve the Rose Acre Farms egg farm in Hyde County, NC.

Virginia Coop to Build an Energy Storage Project by 2021

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative has partnered with Energy Point Energy, a Charlottesville-based battery storage development firm, to construct a 2 MW energy storage facility in Spotsylvania County, VA, which is expected to be in operation by early 2021.

North Carolina’s Coops Set a Goal of Zero-Net Carbon by 2050

North Carolina’s 26 electric coops have announced a goal to cut their carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050. In order to meet this goal, the electric coops plan to utilize advanced technologies that make the electric grid more flexible, efficient and resilient, as well as continuing their use of carbon-free nuclear energy. This effort is part of a larger...

Minnkota and Fluor Work on Carbon Capture Project

Fluor Corporation has been awarded the front-end engineering and design for Minnkota Power Cooperative’s Project Tundra. Project Tundra is a carbon capture, utilization and storage retrofit project at the Milton R. Young Station in North Dakota.

Wyoming Carbon Storage Project Advances

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has awarded a $15 million grant to advance carbon capture and storage technology research for preliminary work on a geological storage facility near Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station in Wyoming.

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...

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