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Co-op Consortium Selected for $45M in DOE Funding for Rural Microgrids

DOE announced Feb. 27 that it will negotiate $45.2 million in funding for seven electrical cooperatives under the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations’ Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas Program in order to build a range of microgrids to improve grid resiliency and reliability for remote and economically challenged communities across the country.

NRECA, DOE Launch Rural Battery Storage Research Projects

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) this week launched four rural battery storage projects in partnership with five electric cooperatives and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity. Projects are being funded in part by DOE and will examine how energy storage systems can improve the resilience of critical infrastructure in rural areas.

DOE Announces Funding to Advance Wind Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is one of 13 projects to receive a total of $28 million to advance wind energy nationwide.

NRECA Participates in Cybersecurity Briefing

Jeff Baumgartner, senior adviser at the Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), addressed a congressional staff briefing on Capitol Hill.  The briefing was organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the American Public Power Association and the Edison Electric Institute to kick off National Cyber...

Department of Energy to Award $34MM for Cybersecurity Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy announced its plan to award $34 million for projects aimed at developing technologies and tools to increase cyberattack protection for the country’s energy infrastructure.  The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is receiving funding for a technology that can quickly identify anomalies in utility control communications that can indicate cyber...

NRECA Partners With Department of Energy

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will be partnering with the Department of Energy and the American Public Power Association to enhance protection of the electric grid from attack.  The partnership will give the nation’s electric cooperatives access to cybersecurity technology and training.

Solar and Wind Prices Expected to Continue to Fall

The cost for solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and onshore wind power is expected to continue to fall and to be approximately 5 to 6 cents per kilowatt hour by the end of the decade, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency.  This decrease in cost is largely due to improved technology, reduced overall systems costs and favorable policies.  To help support...

Department of Energy Seeking Public Comment

The Department of Energy has requested public comment on their newly released draft Energy Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance and their draft Voluntary Code of Conduct for smart grid data privacy. Federal Register requests for comment are here: Framework Guidance here: Code of Conduct here:  

DOE Issues New Cybersecurity Guidance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new guidelines intended to help manage supply chain risk and develop cybersecurity protections during the product design and manufacturing phases.  The new guidance, titled “Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Energy Delivery Systems,” is intended to help energy sector participants and technology suppliers address supply chain...

DOE and NRECA Name 2013 Wind Coops of the Year

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) named Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year.  For more information on the significant contributions these coops made to the wind energy industry, see the DOE’s press release.

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