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USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing approximately $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development. The funding is to be provided in 27 states through the USDA Rural Development’s Electric Program, the successor to the Rural Electrification...

EPA Announces Repeal of Clean Power Plan

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced his intention to roll back the Clean Power Plan. Several environmental groups and states plan to challenge the proposed repeal in federal...

Nation’s Largest Low‐Income Community Solar Project Being Developed by Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, GRID Alternatives and Colorado Energy Office Partner

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), GRID Alternatives and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) are partnering to develop a 1.95 MW community solar project, known as the Coyote Ridge Community Solar Farm, that will lower the electric bills of qualified low‐income residents, affordable housing providers and nonprofit organizations in the utility’s service territory. The PVREA...

Homeland Security and F.B.I. Say Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities

According to security consultants and an urgent joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) last week, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other...

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Partnering with University of Texas to Improve Energy Grids

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the Grid Modernization Initiative. Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the nation’s largest electric cooperative, is partnering with UT to help design the “grid of the future.” The projects will help utilities advance and expand distributed energy resources onto the grid,...

U.S. Senators Oppose Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Plan to Privatize Federal Transmission Assets

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry to reconsider a plan to auction off U.S. Department of Energy transmission assets used to deliver power from federally owned dams to utilities and rural cooperatives in 34 states on the grounds that privatization of these assets would cause rate...

NRECA Submits Comments to EPA Regarding Air, Waste, and Water Issues

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding opportunities to reduce the regulatory burden from certain regulations under Executive Order 13777, which directs the heads of federal agencies to seek input from entities significantly affected by Federal regulations.  NRECA commented on various (i)...

Tennessee Governor Signs the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, a bill permitting rural electric cooperatives to provide broadband services in the state.  This legislation is intended to increase the provision of broadband services to Tennessee’s unserved areas.

FEMA Awards $6 Million Grant to Bury Power Lines

FEMA has awarded Kootenai Electric Cooperative a $6 million federal grant to reduce power outages from storms.  The grant will go toward burying 45 miles of transmission and distribution lines.

D.C. Circuit Pauses Litigation Over Clean Power Plan

On Friday, the D.C. Circuit granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stay request regarding the Clean Power Plan and ordered the parties to file briefs by May 15 on whether the cases should be remanded to the EPA or just kept on hold.  Since President Trump’s executive order last month regarding “energy independence,” the EPA has asked for additional time to review the...

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