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NRECA Releases Key Takeaways from its Study on the Value of Broadband for Consumer-Members

NRECA has released its Study on the Value of Broadband for Consumer-Members, noting that the key takeaways from the study include that there are a significant number of coop members that lack broadband, and that a broadband backbone can help ease coop...

Thirty-Three Coops Announced as Winners of CAF II Reverse Auction

Thirty-three electric coops were announced today as winners of the Federal Communications Commission Connect American Fund II (CAF II) reverse auction. The thirty-three coops will collectively receive $220 million over ten years to help with the costs of deploying broadband in unserved...

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. Completes 1 MW Solar Plant

Today’s Power Inc., a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., has completed a 3,888-panel photovoltaic array which, at peak production, will provide power for about 135 homes. Its single-axis tracking system is considered among the most advanced at its scale in the...

Vermont Electric Cooperative Announces New CEO

The Vermont Electric Cooperative recently named Rebecca Towne as the cooperative’s new chief executive officer. Towne is expected to advance innovative initiatives, including an energy transformation program that offers incentives to members to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources; a community solar program under which members can sponsor panels in solar arrays and...

Federal Risk Center Will Help Electric Cooperatives Coordinate Cybersecurity

A new National Risk Management Center under the Department of Homeland Security was launched at the National Cybersecurity Summit in New York City on July 31, 2018. Among other things, the center will provide federal insight on developing threats and share information in order to help utilities anticipate and deflect...

Arkansas Coop Announces Smart Grid Project

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation has announced the launch of its Advance Smart Grid Project, which will begin deploying technology and equipment to meet the need for communicating with electrical distribution equipment throughout AVECC’s...

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...

Virginia Cooperative Announces Commissioning of 10 MW of Solar Energy

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and Coronal Energy announced the commissioning of the Palmer and Martin solar centers in central Virginia. The two projects total 10 MW, and combine to make up the largest solar project in Virginia for an electric distribution cooperative.

Coalition Works to Highlight Rural Connectivity

Executives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, as well as executives from four other partner organizations – Farm Foundation, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, CoBank, and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation – to kick off...

New Wind Project Unveiled for Martha’s Vineyard

Vineyard Power Cooperative, Inc., an energy cooperative serving the Martha’s Vineyard area, and Vineyard Wind LLC, an offshore wind development company, have unveiled plans for a proposed wind facility, Offshore Wind Operation & Maintenance. The new facility is expected to employ up to 40 people and will help address climate change, ocean acidification and coastal...

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