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The Department of Energy has finalized new energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers, giving manufacturers more time for compliance to help keep the focus on increased output to meet electric cooperatives’ demand for transformers.

Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station Receives DOE Funding for Carbon Capture Study

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations awarded $4.6 million in funding to Membrane Technology Research and Carbon Capture to develop a design study for an integrated carbon capture and storage project at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station in Wyoming. The project aims to capture, compress and store onsite 3 million tons of CO2 per year,...

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.

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