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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.


Senator Chuck Schumer visited Delaware County to discuss using federal funds to expand rural electric cooperatives, insisting it would lead to more good-paying, unionized jobs.

United Power announces 20 year battery storage contract

Colorado cooperative United Power, Inc. announced a 20 year agreement for battery storage throughout their service territory designed to integrate renewable resources and balance their load. Ameresco Inc, a cleantech integrator will install the 78.3 MW, 313.34 MWh batteries.

South Carolina Cooperative to Open Housing Facility for Linemen

Aiken Electric Cooperative recently announced it will open a storm restoration and community center in September 2023 that will serve linemen in the area responding to storm-related power outages. The cooperative expects the facility to improve response times and increase morale.

Cooperative Restores Power after North Carolina Attack

Randolph Electric Membership Corp., a North Carolina electric cooperative, has built more than two miles of tielines to connect de-energized lines affected by the gunfire attack on two Duke Energy transmission substations this past weekend to available power, restoring service to members.

The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives Opens New Training Center

The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives’ (NDAREC) new Lineworker Training Center, which provides students the opportunity to practice skills required for the construction and maintenance of electrical infrastructure, will be a boon to the electric cooperative workforce.

Hendricks Power Cooperative to Build Solar Array in Indiana

Hendricks Power Cooperative and Solential Energy are building a 7 MW solar array in Hendricks County, Indiana. The project will be operational in 2023, and will be the largest solar array developed by an electric cooperative in Indiana.

Judge Rejects Arbitration Request in Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Bankruptcy Case

A Texas judge rejected a request by one of Brazos Electric Power Cooperative’s (Brazos) creditors to arbitrate a contract dispute with Brazos over a shared coal plant, citing concerns that the arbitration could delay the bankruptcy case. Brazos is currently in a bankruptcy proceeding stemming from the historic 2021 Texas winter storm.

Matheson Praises Biden’s Use of Defense Production Act for Energy Supply Chain

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO, Jim Matheson, issued a statement praising President Biden’s June 6 action to invoke the Defense Production Act to accelerate the production of energy technology and equipment.

Coal Shipment Delays Create Concerns for Electric Cooperatives

Railcar delays caused by crew and train shortages have created significant problems for utilities like Arizona Electric Power Cooperative that are dependent on coal deliveries for power plants, and many utilities are curtailing use of coal-fired units to conserve current stockpiles. Federal rail regulators are increasing oversight, and the Surface Transportation Board announced that it...

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