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NRECA Backs the Distribution Transformer Efficiency and Supply Chain Reliability Act of 2024

NRECA is supporting the Distribution Transformer Efficiency and Supply Chain Reliability Act of 2024, a bipartisan Senate bill that would require all distribution transformer cores to be made with amorphous steel by as early as 2027, increasing efficiencies and reducing wait times for electric cooperatives to receive the transformers. The current average wait time for a distribution...

Dairyland Power Cooperative, Minnesota Power, and Basin Electric Cooperative Receive Second RUS Approval for Nemadji Trail Energy Center Project

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has again issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Nemadji Trail Energy Center (NTEC) project, a 625-MW combined-cycle natural gas facility along with a 345-kilovolt transmission line, relocation of an existing gas pipeline, and construction of a new gas pipeline to tap an existing gas supply network,...


Jackson Electric Membership Corporation has been ranked highest in customer satisfaction among electric cooperatives by the J.D. Power 2023 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, receiving a score of 794 out of a possible 1,000.

Maryland Cooperative Awarded Contract

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc., was recently awarded a 50-year contract for the ownership, operation and maintenance of the electric utility system at Naval Support Facility in Indian Head, Maryland. The contract is valued at an estimated $117,004,772.

Cryptocurrency Farm Allegedly Steals Energy from Minnesota Cooperative

North Star Electric Cooperative, a northern Minnesota power cooperative, recently filed a lawsuit against two individuals from Roseau, Minnesota for allegedly tampering with power lines to divert stolen energy to power their two bitcoin farms. The cooperative became aware of the alleged theft after noticing substantial and unexplained power losses in the summer of 2022. North Star is...

Louisiana Cooperative Unveils new EV Charging Stations

DEMCO, a Louisiana cooperative, recently announced the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across its seven-parish service area. The initiative is a part of the coop’s response to the anticipated increase in EV adoption and a sustainable a resilient energy future.

Lee County Electric Cooperative Wins Business of the Year Award

Lee County Electric Cooperative which serves 240,000 customers in southwest Florida was awarded a Large Business of the Year Award by the Lee County Economic Development Office. The judges noted LCEC’s immense dedication to its customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Department of Energy selects Cooperatives for Grid Reliability Grants

The US Department of Energy announced the selection of fourteen electric cooperatives to pursue Grid Resilience and Innovations Partnership Program contracts worth $650 million. The GRIP program will award $10.5 billion overall in matching federal funds to build and upgrade energy infrastructure.

Florida Cooperative Introduces 3 Solar Projects totaling nearly 7 MW

Talquin Electric Cooperative recently announced the completion of 3 solar projects: Hinson Solar, a 4 MW project located in Gadsden County, Florida, and Hilliardville Solar, a 2 MW project located in Wakulla County, Florida, and Bristol Solar, a 630 kW project located in Liberty County, Florida. The projects are expected to replace fossil fuel-generated electricity for up to 1,400...


NRECA, Cobb EMC and three national laboratories have won global recognition for their work on microgrid control modeling software that can boost grid reliability by using distributed assets to mitigate power outages.

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