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Kansas Coop Consolidation Receives Board Approvals

The Boards of Trustees for Nemaha-Marshall Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc. in Axtell, Kansas and Doniphan Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc. in Troy, Kansas have approved a joint member vote on a consolidation of the two electric cooperatives to be held in October 2020. Under the proposed consolidation plan, a new legal entity, Northeast Kansas Electric Cooperative, Inc., will be...

TEC Partners to Provide UAS Inspection Services

Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (TEC) and Exelon Clearsight, LLC announced they have formed a partnership to bring advanced UAS (drone), robot, and software-enabled inspections to utilities in Texas. This announcement comes less than a year after the Texas Legislature imposed new requirements on electric utilities to inspect overhead lines to ensure compliance with the National...

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...

CEO of Oregon Coop Warns of Impact of Federal Government Delays on Wildfire Risk

Dave Markham, President and CEO of Central Electric Cooperative, Inc., an electric cooperative in Redmond, Oregon, testified before two subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding how delays in federal action have affected the wildfire mitigation efforts of electric cooperatives located near federal...

Seminole Seeks Site Certification for Natural Gas Plant

Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. has filed a proposal seeking cite certification to build a 1,050 MW natural gas plant in Putnam County, Florida. The natural gas plant would replace one of two coal-fired plants currently operating at the site.

Pedernales to Distribute Nearly $13 Million in Capital Credits

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors recently approved a capital credits distribution of more than $12.7 million to current and former PEC members after the Board reviewed the coop’s fiscal health and determined the distribution would not have any adverse impact on PEC.  The distribution of capital credits, which reflect member ownership in PEC, will vary from...

Two G&T Coops Seek Change in Rail Shipping Regulations

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. have joined other shippers in requesting that the federal Surface Transportation Board change rules related to switching carload freight between carriers.  The proposal, called reciprocal switching, would allow captive shippers, subject to certain conditions, to access a second carrier if their...