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Federal Courts Uphold Wholesale Power Contract Terms to Prevent Early Termination

Federal courts in South Carolina and South Dakota have upheld the terms of wholesale power contracts (WPCs) between East River Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (East River) and Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (Central Electric) and their members. The separate cases involved distribution cooperative members of East River and Central Electric who sought to terminate and buy out...

Developers Appeal Federal Ruling Blocking Transmission Project Through Wildlife Refuge

ITC Midwest, American Transmission and Dairyland Power Cooperative have appealed a federal ruling that blocks the construction of transmission lines through the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. The lines are part of a $492 million project that would run more than 100 miles between Dane County, Wisconsin and Dubuque County Iowa.

GRE Agrees to Deal With Apex for 400-MW Wind Project

Great River Energy (GRE) has reached an agreement in principle with Apex Clean Energy to procure clean power from a 400-MW wind project under development in North Dakota.

Electric Cooperatives Take Top Spots in J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Poll

Electric cooperatives dominated the 2021 J.D. Power rankings, with 14 in the top 20 of the annual survey of residential electric customers.

Riverland Energy Cooperative New Solar Array System Provides Electricity for More than 500 Homes

Riverland Energy Cooperative recently cut the ribbon on a new solar array system that can provide electricity for about 550 homes. Riverland has a purchase agreement with OneEnergy Renewables to buy the electricity from its 8,000 Panel, 3MW output system. The bi-facial panels are designed to move east to west with the sun, optimizing energy production.

House Reconciliation Bill Includes Provisions to Assist Coops in Energy Transition

The recently passed House budget reconciliation bill includes two provisions that will directly assist electric cooperatives, including Direct Pay Energy Innovation Tax Credits, which provides the equivalent of a federal tax incentive for renewable investments via direct payments, and the USDA Voluntary Energy Transition Program, which provides $10 billion to defray the cost of...

Intermountain Rural Electric Association Rebranding to CORE Electric Cooperative

Intermountain Rural Electric Association announced that it is rebranding to CORE Electric Cooperative, a name and identity that reflects its mission of providing essential electric service to thriving communities and its role at the center of the lives of a modern and diverse membership. The company will remain structured as a non-profit, member-owned electric cooperative utility...

Florida Coops Awarded Air Force Base Contracts

Two electric cooperatives have been award contracts for services at US Air Force bases in Florida. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative was awarded a $11.3 modification to a 50-year contract for the electric and water utility systems at Tyndall Air Force Base, and Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative was awarded a $25,095,024 modification to a 50-year contract with Elgin Air Force...

Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s Gas Business Keeps It Local With Homegrown Rate Commission

Small businesses served by Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s natural gas subsidiary got a nice surprise on their July bill: a 50% drop in their monthly utility fee. The reduction in the facilities charge from $20 to $10 a month came after the coop’s innovative gas rate commission examined the subsidiary’s fee structure in response to a rate change request from small...

NRECA Concerned Over Increasing Postal Rates

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is concerned about postal rate increases well above inflation that will go into effect in August. Rural communities that rely on the postal service are particularly hurt by these rate increases.

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