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SMECO Begins Extensive Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is creating an electric vehicle charging network that will grow to 60 stations over the next four years as the coop works to help Maryland achieve its ambitious goal of having 300,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2025. The coop’s stations are at public locations that include regional parks, senior centers and libraries.

Colorado Coop’s Empower Program Helps Make Energy Efficiency Affordable

An electric cooperative in Colorado is bundling its energy-efficiency programs and many of its consumer services under a single brand and making them available to those working or living near its service territory. Specifically, San Isabel Electric Association’s Empower Program aims to identify qualified contractors and suppliers of proven products and helps find ways to finance...

Electric Coop Ranks With Top Innovative Businesses

BARC Electric Cooperative was named the seventh most innovative company in North America in 2021 by Fast Company, the media firm that ranks advancements across all sectors worldwide. Serving nearly 13,000 members in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley region, Millboro-based BARC is the first electric coop bestowed the honor.

VEC and GMP Announce Broadband Deployment Program

Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) each launched a Broadband Deployment Program to help rural Vermonters get connected to broadband quickly and cost-effectively. The plans approved Friday by the Vermont Public Utility Commission lower the cost for broadband providers to connect the hardest-to-serve customers by offering up to $2,000 per unserved location for...

SEEM Members Submit Filing for Proposed Advanced Bilateral Market Platform

The Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) members recently filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the approval of an automated, intra-hour energy exchange that aims to lower costs to customers and optimize renewable energy resources. The new SEEM platform will facilitate sub-hourly, bilateral trading, allowing participants to buy and sell power close to the time the...

Roanoke Electric Cooperative to Pilot Cutting-Edge Vehicle-to-Grid Technology

Roanoke Electric Cooperative is working with Fermata Energy to pilot the first electric vehicle (EV) charging system equipment to meet the North American standard for two-way current. Roanoke Electric is seeking to unlock the value of vehicle-to-grid integration with a Nissan Leaf, one of the most widely sold and affordable EVs in the market.

Wyoming Carbon Storage Project Advances to Next Phase

Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station is inching closer to adding carbon dioxide storage to its advanced coal technology, an action that could help control emissions and eventually lead to commercial uses for the compound.

Colorado Governor Joins Tri-State to Announce Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State) and Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently announced Tri-State will be submitting a “preferred scenario” to reduce emissions associated with its wholesale electricity sales in Colorado by 80% by 2030. With the support of its members and board of directors, Tri-State will put forward this preferred scenario in its Electric...

South Carolina Coop to Add Solar Energy to Resource Portfolio

Central Electric Power Cooperative, a South Carolina electric cooperative, recently announced intention to obtain as much as 363 MW of solar generating capacity through power purchase agreements with independent solar developers. Central Electric Power Cooperative is coordinating with Santee Cooper in a joint request for proposals to procure up to 500 MW of solar generation capacity,...

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...

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