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Five Coops to Receive USDA Renewable Investment

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would invest $464 million across 48 states and Puerto Rico in building or improving renewable energy structure. Five electric cooperatives are among the recipients.

Minnesota Coops Emerge as Leaders in Clean Energy Innovation

Great River Energy and Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative are among several Minnesota electric cooperatives that have recently launched pilot programs in smart meter installations, time-based pricing pilots and experimental storage solutions.

South Carolina’s Central Electric Signs New Solar Deals

South Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including Central Electric Power Cooperative, are adding more than 300 megawatts of utility-scale solar to their portfolios through several power purchase agreements to help meet the electricity needs of their members and satisfy their demands for renewable energy.

Kansas Cooperative to Build Two Solar Farms

Ninnescah Rural Electric Cooperative recently announced plans to build two 1 MW solar farms as a part of a larger cooperation between 12 rural electric cooperatives and Arkansas company Today’s Power, Inc. The projects are expected to help reduce the cost of electricity for members.

CEO of Minnkota Power Cooperative Urges Congress to Boost Carbon Capture Technologies

Mac McLennan, President and CEO of Minnkota Power Cooperative, recently urged members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy to prioritize reliability and resiliency in the wake of power stability issues across the country. Specifically, Mr. McLennan asked Congress to support carbon capture technologies through passage of the Carbon Capture Modernization Act....

Kentucky Coop Eyes More Sustainable Future

In November, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) laid out a sustainability plan for its 16 owner-member cooperatives, aiming to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 35% by 2035 and increase energy from renewable sources by 15% by 2035. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, EKPC has kept work and projects on track to meet this goal.

NRECA Urges Congress to Give Coops Direct-Pay Incentives for Clean Energy

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is urging congressional leaders to provide electric cooperatives with direct payments to develop clean energy projects, which would give coops incentives comparable to the tax breaks granted to investor-owned utilities. For-profit utilities have long received federal tax breaks for providing power from solar, wind and other...

Iowa Cooperative Announces Plans for Solar Farm

Central Iowa Power Cooperative has announced plans for a huge solar farm in eastern Iowa. The project will deliver 100 megawatts of power starting in 2022.

Vermont Electric Cooperative Pledges To Be Carbon-free by 2023

Vermont Electric Cooperative, Vermont’s largest member-owned electric utility, has pledged to move to a 100% carbon-free power supply by 2023. The electric cooperative said the carbon-free decision was made by the board of directors to reflect customer demand for clean energy and to meet state goals to fight climate change. The coop serves about 32,000 members in 75 communities in...

Colorado Coop’s Empower Program Helps Make Energy Efficiency Affordable

An electric cooperative in Colorado is bundling its energy-efficiency programs and many of its consumer services under a single brand and making them available to those working or living near its service territory. Specifically, San Isabel Electric Association’s Empower Program aims to identify qualified contractors and suppliers of proven products and helps find ways to finance...

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