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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...

NRECA Implores Lawmakers to focus on Grid Reliability following NERC Winter Reliability Assessment

Bolstering NRECA’s repeated warnings over the past several years, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2023-24 Winter Reliability Assessment revealed looming grid reliability challenges coupled with continued soaring electricity demand. NRECA believes recent policy proposals, such as EPA’s recent power plant proposal, do not adequately focus on electric...

South Carolina Cooperative: Reliability Remains Key Concern

Echoing NRECA’s message on the five biggest challenges threatening grid reliability, Bob Paulling, CEO of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, testified before the House Representatives on the urgent need to increase grid reliability throughout the nation. Amongst other measures, Paulling recommended streamlining permitting processes that unnecessarily delay new developments.

LS Power to Acquire 2.1 Gigawatt Natural Gas Generation Portfolio from Brazos Electric Power Cooperative

LS Power has reached an agreement with Brazos Electric Power Cooperative to acquire 2,145 megawatts of natural gas generation that will provide critical, reliable energy supply to an ERCOT market experiencing continued load growth.

Coops Receive Aid to Support Wildfire Repairs

Lane Electric Cooperative and Consumers Power Inc., two electrical coops serving customers in Oregon, will receive a combined $21 million to help cover the cost of repairs to electric transmission and distribution infrastructure damaged by wildfires in September 2020.

Electric Cooperatives Adjust Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

As Americans reduce direct contact with one another to slow the spread of the coronavirus, generation and transmission cooperatives are working to keep electricity flowing to homes, businesses and institutions. For example, Great River Energy is giving the majority of its administrative staff the option of working remotely and has reduced staffing in its facilities to essential minimum...

Kansas Coop Contemplates Construction of Coal Plant

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. (“Sunflower”), an electric power cooperative in Kansas, plans to build the Holcomb 2 Plant, an approximately 895 MW coal plant. However, Sunflower must begin construction of the coal plant by March 2020 or it will lose its state construction permit. Against the backdrop of current prevailing politics regarding coal-fired plants and the steady retirement...

Cooperatives Commit to Participating in Reliability Coordination Services

Southwest Power Pool received commitments to begin offering its reliability coordinator services to more than a dozen western utilities, including Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and Intermountain Rural Electric Association, among others.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative works with Nucor Corp. to expand Kentucky Steel Mill

Nucor Corp. recently announced its plans to move forward with a $650 million, 70-job expansion at its still mill near Ghent, Kentucky. East Kentucky Power Cooperative worked closely with Nucor officials to support the phase II expansion of the steel mill. This second phase of the project will increase the mill’s annual capacity from 1.6 million tons of coiled sheet steel to...

Connexus Energy Breaks Ground on Solar-Plus-Storage Projects

Connexus Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative in Minnesota, is breaking ground on two solar-plus-storage projects in the state. The combined 25 MW projects are expected to cost $31 million and save $4 million annually through peak load reduction.

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