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Rural America Mixes Poverty, Promise

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: November 21st, 2014

The good news: Poverty and unemployment rates are stabilizing in rural America. The bad news: Job creation and household income remain well below pre-recession levels. That’s the mixed bag that the Department of Agriculture described in its annual outlook for rural America. “While the U.S. economy is now in its sixth year of recovery from... Read more

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Electric Cars

New Electric, Fuel Cell Cars Debut

Published: November 26th, 2014

New electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles debuted at this month’s 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mitsubishi revealed its Concept XR-PHEV, a plug-in hybrid that doesn’t always have to be plugged in. It has... Read more

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Feds Report Gains in Fish Protection

Published: November 26th, 2014

The federal agencies responsible for restoring depleted species of fish in the Northwest are reporting success in improving the habitat of endangered salmon and steelhead. A variety of fixes, such as eliminating culverts and barriers to... Read more

Business & Finance

FERC Approves Basin Joining RTO

Published: November 25th, 2014

In a move to improve its options to buy and sell power and add value for its members, Basin Electric Power Cooperative will join the Southwest Power Pool in late 2015, following approval by the Federal... Read more

Power Plants

Texas Co-op to Add Peaking Plant

Published: November 25th, 2014

With the operator of Texas’s power grid raising the possibility of regular rolling blackouts, a co-op is hedging against that uncertainty by adding natural gas peaking power. San Bernard Electric Cooperative has signed a power purchase... Read more

Energy & Environment

Va. G&T CEO Has Qualms on EPA Regs

Published: November 24th, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency’s planned carbon dioxide regulations raise cost and reliability questions that state governments will have to grapple with, a G&T official told Virginia lawmakers. Jackson Reasor, president and CEO of Old Dominion Electric... Read more

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