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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,...

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Signs 100-MW PPA on Texas Wind Project

EDF Renewables North America and Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest distribution electric cooperative in the United States, signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 100-MW share of King Creek 1 Wind Project. The project will consist of 47 wind turbine generators and construction is expected to start by the end of 2020. The project will create approximately 300...

Basin Electric’s Carbon Storage Study Moves on to Geophysical Survey

Work toward a commercial-scale geological carbon dioxide storage complex near Gillette, Wyoming moved to the next stage today with a geophysical survey covering about 9 square miles of rural land around Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s (Basin) Dry Fork Station power plant. Basin and other partners are working to develop a site near Dry Fork Station and the Wyoming Integrated Test...

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.

Sunflower Announces Largest Kansas Solar Project Operational

The Johnson Corner Solar Project, a product of Sunflower Electric Power Corp. (Sunflower) and Lightsource BP, has entered commercial operation. The 20 MW plant more than doubles the state’s utility-scale solar capacity.

Minnkota Power Cooperative Wants to Build the World’s Largest Carbon Capture Facility

Grand Forks-based Minnkota Power Cooperative has launched Project Tundra, an initiative to build the largest power plant-based carbon capture facility in the world, with construction commencing as early as 2022. The planned facility would potentially capture more than 90 percent of carbon dioxide emitted from The Milton R. Young Station, a coal-fired power plant close to the town of...

Cooperative Energy Power Plant Constructed by Wärtsilä Begins Commercial Operations

Cooperative Energy’s new 22.7 MW flexible gas power plant, constructed by Wärtsilä, began commercial operations last week. The plant will provide system reliability and support Cooperative Energy’s renewable resources.

ODEC to Develop 15 New Solar Installations

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) recently agreed to an expansion of its partnership with EDF Renewables to develop 15 solar projects in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. The projects will generate more than 60 MW of power for Old Dominion’s members.

USDA Announces $900 Million Investment in Rural Infrastructure

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $900 million investment to build and improve rural electric infrastructure across 16 states through its Electric Loan Program. The investment will result in new or improved electric line of over 2,700 miles. One of the largest recipients, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, will receive $347 million to improve power generation...

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