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Cooperatives Push Congress to Focus on Grid Reliability

David Tudor, CEO of Missouri-based Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., is urging Congress to focus on electric system reliability, including permitting and environmental review reforms, to allow cooperatives to build new generation and transmission infrastructure in a timely and cost-effective way. North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s 2023 Summer Reliability Assessment...

Southeast Energy Exchange Market Unveils New Energy Trading Market

The Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) opened up operation this week, allowing for first of their kind market transactions in power for the region. SEEM will cover 23 entities in 12 states, with more than 180,000 megawatts, including Associated Electric Cooperative, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, and North Carolina Electric Membership...

Missouri Coop Explores Small Modular Reactor Nuclear Technology

Associated Electric Cooperative and NuScale Power are evaluating implementing NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) power plants. The SMR nuclear technology can supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, commercial-scale hydrogen production and other process heat applications.

Electric Cooperatives Work to Restore Power After Deadly Tornadoes

After tornadoes and strong winds ravaged parts of the South and Midwest, electric cooperatives are working to restore damage to transmission lines and support structures in order to restore power to communities. Full restoration is likely to take weeks as it is conservatively estimated that more than 1,000 utility poles were damaged in the storms, but less affected electric...

SEEM Members Submit Filing for Proposed Advanced Bilateral Market Platform

The Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) members recently filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the approval of an automated, intra-hour energy exchange that aims to lower costs to customers and optimize renewable energy resources. The new SEEM platform will facilitate sub-hourly, bilateral trading, allowing participants to buy and sell power close to the time the...

Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. to Purchase 236.5 MW of Wind Power from Enel Green Power

Enel Green Power’s new Missouri wind farm, set for construction in the second half of 2019, will provide all of its power to Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. The new power purchase agreement expands Associated’s portfolio of contracted wind sources to eight.

Tenaska Closes Financing for Missouri Wind Project

Tenaska recently closed on $302 million of financing for the development of a 242 MW wind project to deliver power to Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. The project is expected to enter commercial operation in late 2019 and will provide new jobs in the Northwestern Missouri region.

Tenaska and Associated Enter PPA for Wind Project

Nebraska-based Tenaska Inc. (Tenaska) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (Associated) for a 236 MW wind project in northwest Missouri. The project is expected to be operational in 2020.

Missouri City Approves Coop’s Power Plant Purchase Option

The City of New Madrid, Missouri, approved Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.’s (AECI) option to purchase a power plant prior to the expiration of an existing agreement between AECI and the city.  AECI will pay a total of $100 million over the term of the option agreement in order to acquire the city’s interest in the plant, with the first payment of $25 million due September 1 of...