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USDA Awards $350 Million in Loans

By Victoria A. Rocha | ECT Staff Writer Published: July 30th, 2015

Electric cooperatives in 13 states will get more than $349 million in federal loans to build or improve nearly 1,850 miles in transmission and distribution lines. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the loans July 21. The funds, provided through the Rural Utilities Services, also include $17 million for smart grid projects. “Eighty years... Read more

Transmission & Distribution

USDA Awards $350 Million in Loans

Published: July 30th, 2015

Electric cooperatives in 13 states will get more than $349 million in federal loans to build or improve nearly 1,850 miles in transmission and distribution lines. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the loans July... Read more

Renewable Energy

Minn. Co-op Inks City Solar Deal

Published: July 29th, 2015

If developing solar projects becomes a sport, a Minnesota electric cooperative is positioned to pull off a hat trick. Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association is working with the city of Rockford to deploy solar arrays on two... Read more

Renewable Energy

Buyer Beware on Solar Sales Pitches

Published: July 27th, 2015

Solar sales representatives falsely claiming to be from Hawaii’s only electric cooperative have officials working hard to make sure members know the co-op is not involved. “We’re receiving an increasing number of reports about aggressive or... Read more

Editor's Pick, Power Plants, Top Story

Fla. Plant, Town at Risk from EPA

Published: July 27th, 2015

Brian McDaniel has seen the beginning and the middle of the Seminole Generating Station’s life. He hopes he is not witnessing the end. As a teenager, McDaniel was part of a hunting and camping club across U.S. 17 from where the 1,300-megawatt facility was rising... Read more

Renewable Energy

NRTC Joins Solar Push

Published: July 23rd, 2015

As more electric cooperatives consider adding solar generation projects to their systems, organizations with long histories of supporting rural utility programs are finding new ways to help co-ops meet their goals. The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative... Read more