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Colorado Electric Cooperative Nears 90% Clean Energy Target with New Projects

Holy Cross Energy (HCE), a Colorado electric cooperative, is progressing toward its goal of achieving over 90% clean energy by 2025 and ultimately reaching 100% clean energy by 2030. Recent additions, like the Bronco Plains II Energy Center wind facility and Hunter Solar project, are bringing HCE closer to these targets, with expected cost savings of over $40 million for members over...

U.S. Department of Energy Commits $1.5 Billion to Restart Nuclear Power Plant in Michigan

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $1.5 billion “conditional commitment” to support the reopening of the Palisades nuclear power plant near South Haven, Michigan, after it shut down in May 2022. The loan will be provided to owner Holtec to restart the plant, which would be the first time a closed nuclear reactor is brought back online in U.S. history. The project...

South Central Power Ventures into Internet Business to Bridge Rural Connectivity Gap

South Central Power, an electric cooperative, is using a $100 million state grant to launch connectSCP, aiming to provide internet to underserved areas across 24 counties in southern, central, and eastern Ohio. This initiative, starting with 2,500 homes in areas like New Market and Somerton, aligns with South Central’s history of community service dating back to the 1930s. The...

San Miguel Power Association Assessing Microgrids to Increase Resilience

San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) is developing community-scale microgrids for remote Colorado towns in the San Juan Mountains, aiming to enhance resilience against blizzards and avalanches. Last winter, Silverton faced a severe “snowpocalypse” leaving residents without electricity until SMPA lineworkers managed a quick restoration, prompting the co-op to pursue...

John C. Lee Jr. Appointed as President and CEO of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

John C. Lee Jr. has been appointed as the new president and CEO of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) following a nationwide search. Lee, who had been serving as ODEC’s interim president and CEO since September 2023, previously held CEO positions at Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and EMPOWER Broadband. ODEC’s board of directors expressed confidence in Lee’s...

Basin Electric Power Cooperative Appoints Brickhouse as CEO and General Manager

The board of Basin Electric Power Cooperative has appointed Todd Brickhouse as the new CEO and general manager, following his interim role since July. Brickhouse, who initially joined as Senior Vice President and CFO in June 2022, brings 21 years of experience from Old Dominion Electric Cooperative. Basin Electric, based in Bismarck, serves 141 member rural electric systems across nine...

Missouri Co-Op Wins Bid for Serving Meatpacking Plant

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative overcame an investor-owned utility to secure the opportunity to serve an $800 million meatpacking plant in Missouri. The co-op showcased its agility, competitive rates, and strong community ties, ultimately winning the bid for the state-of-the-art facility with significant economic impact.


NRECA, Cobb EMC and three national laboratories have won global recognition for their work on microgrid control modeling software that can boost grid reliability by using distributed assets to mitigate power outages.

Texas Electric Cooperative Awarded Government Defense Contract

Rio Grande Electric Cooperative, Inc. has been awarded an over $8.7 million 50-year contract for electric utility services for the United States Air Force.

Electric Cooperatives Support Passage of Major Energy Legislation

The National Rural Electric Cooperation Association and its members applaud the House passage of major energy legislation which will modernize and expedite the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act for cooperatives.

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