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Electric Cooperatives Support Passage of Major Energy Legislation

The National Rural Electric Cooperation Association and its members applaud the House passage of major energy legislation which will modernize and expedite the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act for cooperatives.

Nemadji Trail Energy Center Clears Legal Hurdles

Following legal challenges from several interest groups, the Nemadji Trail Energy Center, a proposed $700 million combined-cycle natural gas energy plant in Wisconsin, was determined to be in compliance with environmental and construction requirements. The plant will be owned and operated by Dairyland Power Cooperative, among others.

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.

Dairyland Power Cooperative Announces Partnership to Explore Potential Nuclear Power Deployment

Dairyland Power Cooperative has signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the potential deployment of NuScale’s nuclear power technology to serve Dairyland’s members across four states. NuScale’s small modular reactor technology is well suited for placement at retiring coal sites, preserving energy jobs and aiding in the clean energy transition.

Dairyland Power Cooperative Seeks to Acquire RockGen Energy Center

Dairyland Power Cooperative announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the RockGen Energy Center, a 503 megawatt natural gas power plant located in Cambridge, Wisconsin, from Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC.

Minnesota Court Affirms Natural Gas Power Plant

The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s 2019 approval of the Nemadji Trail Energy Center, a project developed by Dairyland Power Cooperative and Minnesota Power.

Tatanka Ridge Wind Farm Achieved Commercial Operation; Dairyland Power Cooperative the Offtaker

Tatanka Ridge Wind Farm, a 56-wind turbine facility located in Deuel County, South Dakota, achieved commercial operation on January 5, 2021. Dairyland Power Cooperative has a power purchase agreement with Tatanka Ridge Wind, LLC, for 51.6 MW of renewable energy. Dairyland’s portion of Tatanka Ridge’s output will deliver enough renewable energy to power approximately 16,000...

Electric Cooperatives Adjust Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

As Americans reduce direct contact with one another to slow the spread of the coronavirus, generation and transmission cooperatives are working to keep electricity flowing to homes, businesses and institutions. For example, Great River Energy is giving the majority of its administrative staff the option of working remotely and has reduced staffing in its facilities to essential minimum...

Illinois Coop Uses VR Technology

Jo-Carroll Energy, an Illinois cooperative, is now using virtual reality (VR) technology to allow its employees to virtually access substations 25 to 70 miles away from its headquarters. Specifically, engineers at Jo-Carroll Energy and its power suppliers, Dairyland Power Cooperative and Prairie Power, Inc., can now virtually access highly-detailed, accurate scans of 18 of the coop’s...

PSCW Grants Approval for 149 MW Solar Facility

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) recently granted approval for Ranger Power’s Badger State Solar facility, with the entire 149 MW renewable energy output to be purchased by Dairyland Power Cooperative. Badger State Solar will bring hundreds of construction jobs to the area and will ultimately generate enough renewable energy to power over 20,000 homes. Construction of...

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