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How Members Agreed to a Rate Hike

By Michael W. Kahn | ECT Staff Writer Published: January 26th, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—How do you get consumers to agree to a nearly $20 hike in their monthly electric bills? Lake Country Power will tell you the key is building your case with the members. In 2012, the Grand Rapids, Minn.-based co-op had 8,200 miles of line, about 49,000 services and a $22.50 facilities charge. Trouble... Read more

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Local Initiatives

Unusual Pairing in Co-op Promotion

Published: January 28th, 2015

An Illinois electric cooperative has found a way to combine two of its high priorities—electric vehicle charging and paperless billing—into a promotion that includes a chance to win a free car. Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative officials... Read more

Energy & Environment

Coal Ash Rule Raises Fear for Co-ops

Published: January 27th, 2015

When it comes to managing coal ash from power generation, electric cooperatives need more certainty than new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency can provide. That’s why Congress needs to step in, Lisa Johnson, CEO and... Read more

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Renewable Energy Growth Quickens

Published: January 27th, 2015

Renewable energy sources have hit record levels, even though total electric generation in the United States has slid in recent years, according to a government laboratory. In its annual collection of data, the National Renewable Energy... Read more

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Engage Members in Challenging Times

Published: January 27th, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—When today’s co-op members come home from a hard day at the office, they expect the lights to come on with a flick of a switch, the microwave to heat their dinner and plenty... Read more

Renewable Energy

Oklahoma G&T Adding More Wind

Published: January 27th, 2015

An Oklahoma electric cooperative will get about one-third of the electricity from a huge wind farm being built across 10,000 acres of farm and ranch land. Western Farmers Electric Cooperative will buy 50 megawatts produced by... Read more

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