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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.

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...

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.

Wolverine Begins Construction of One of Michigan’s Largest Solar Arrays

Spartan Renewable Energy, a member-owner of Wolverine Power Cooperative (Wolverine), today announced that it will soon begin construction of a 1.2 megawatt solar array in Cadillac, Michigan. Wolverine will purchase 100 percent of the power output from the project. While this is Wolverine’s first foray into solar generation, Wolverine already has a substantial renewable portfolio...

D.C. Circuit Hears Challenge to Clean Power Plan

Ten D.C. Circuit judges heard argument regarding the EPA’s authority to enact the Clean Power Plan and the rule’s constitutionality.  All active judges on the D.C. Circuit, with the exception of Merrick Garland, heard arguments from state government, power industry groups, the federal government and environmental groups.

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