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Aging infrastructure number one concern for utilities

Many electric co-ops are ­celebrating their 75th ­anniversary and lines, like the one pictured here, were built 50 to 75 years ago. Replacing that aging infrastructure is the top concern of many utilities. To better understand how electric utilities are ­meeting challenges such as slow demand growth, the rise of distributed generation (DG) and ­regulatory […]

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Electric co-ops praise senator’s energy white paper

Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, welcomed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) speech on Feb. 11 announcing her Energy 20/20 White Paper at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Emerson said, “Senator Murkowski’s paper is spot-on in its call for a more reliable and affordable electricity grid. Her assessment […]

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Community service volunteers included Kevin Bernson, Vice President of Media and Public Relations at Shelby Electric Cooperative (third from left) and Aaron Ridenour, Manager of Marketing & Business Development at Prairie Power, Inc. (on far right).

Co-ops show commitment to community

On March 1, more than one hundred volunteers from Touchstone Energy (TSE) electric cooperatives across the country participated in a project to build two energy ­efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Fairview, Tenn. Volunteers from 35 co-ops arrived in Nashville prior to the start of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) 2014 Annual Meeting […]

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Illinois electric co-op named 2013 Wind Cooperative of the Year

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in March recognized Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) of Virginia and Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) of Illinois as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. The awards were presented at the TechAdvantage 2014 Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tenn., to honor […]

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Overhaul of FEMA disaster funding rules needed for rural areas

Governor Pat Quinn in February delivered the keynote address at the National Journal’s Natural Disaster Forum in Washington, D.C., where he discussed Illinois’ preparedness and response to several major ­natural disasters and called for needed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster aid criteria. A tornado outbreak on Nov. 17, 2013 killed eight […]

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Co-ops react to grid security concern

Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), recently commented on the March 12, 2014, Wall Street Journal article ­regarding the physical security of the national electrical grid. “No one takes the security of our nation’s electric systems more seriously than the more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. Every […]

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Dairyland Power Cooperative using cow power

According to Wisconsin Dairy Data the state has 1.27 ­million dairy cows. Dairyland Power Cooperative, which serves Illinois ­cooperative Jo-Carroll Energy, is using the resulting waste as resource and ­turning cow poop into ­electricity. The generation and transmission ­cooperative is a national leader in what it calls cow power. The co-op is also using biomass, […]

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Filipinos are trying to regain some semblance of normal life.

NRECA raises $120k for typhoon victims

Michael Guidry, a former NRECA board president, and Martin Lowery, NRECA executive vice president, toured parts of the Philippines devastated by last fall’s Supertyphoon Haiyan. During the visit, they awarded more than $120,000 raised by the NRECA International Foundation to help 11 co-ops rebuild their leveled ­systems. Donations from U.S. co-ops and individuals will help […]

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A long and winding road to a Farm Bill

After a long effort, the passage of a five-year Farm Bill made a huge step forward when a con­ference report cleared the House on a bi­partisan 251-166 vote. This compromise included several key items for electric ­cooperatives: It returned the ability for RUS to make ­baseload generation loans, authorized zero percent loans for consumer ­efficiency […]

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