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Iowa Coop Installing Batteries in Homes

MiEnergy Cooperative has started installing smart battery storage systems in the homes of its members as a way to test batteries as a tool for energy management. MiEnergy is one of four cooperatives that have commissioned a battery storage system as part of a pilot program sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative...

Ohio Coop Launches Community Solar Program

Firelands Electric Cooperative recently launched a community solar program that will provide residential members with the option to purchase renewable energy produced by the coop’s new 152-panel solar array. There is no equipment for members to install, and all maintenance costs are included in the subscription rate. Energy produced through the program will cost participating members...

Colorado Utility Company Will Install Large Battery Storage Project

Xcel Energy-Colorado, the state’s largest electric utility, will add 275 MW of battery storage by 2022. The move highlights the potential that improved electric storage technology holds for electric utilities across a variety of generation resources.

NRECA RC3 Program Helps Coops Address Cybersecurity

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Rural Cooperative Cybersecurity Capabilities Program (RC3), which is currently in its third year of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, helps coops with cybersecurity by providing tools, training and resources tailored to the unique needs of coops. Since the program started in 2016, RC3 has provided cybersecurity...

Arkansas Coops Moving Away From Coal

Although coal remains a significant fuel source in the state of Arkansas, the state’s energy producers are currently focused on lower-emission natural gas-fueled generation and renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects natural gas generation to rise to 34% nationally by 2019, up from 32% in 2017. Coal’s share, 30% in 2017, is...

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...

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