With Tax Break, 2015 was Big for Wind Energy

Published: March 28th, 2016 in: Top Story, Trends, Reports & Analyses

With help from a key tax break, wind energy provided more of a boost to electric generation in 2015 than any power source and analysts say that will persist. Wind accounted for 41 percent of capacity additions... Read more

Co-op to Spotlight Electric Cars at Auto Show

Published: December 4th, 2015 in: Electric Cars

Electric cars are at the auto show these days, so why not have an electric cooperative there, too? You’ll find one at the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show in Minneapolis, where the new Electric Room will be... Read more

Michigan Co-ops Get Boost from Wind Power

Published: November 5th, 2015 in: Renewable Energy

Electric cooperatives in Michigan will triple the state's 10 percent requirement for green energy, thanks to a deal between Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative and Exelon Generation. Exelon plans to break ground on its Michigan Wind 3 project... Read more

Streamlining Wind Energy Permits in Midwest

Published: September 2nd, 2015 in: Transmission & Distribution

The red tape associated with wind energy projects in six Midwestern states just got a little less tangled. The Western Area Power Administration, based in Lakewood, Colo., said it has streamlined its environmental review process for proposed... Read more

Challenges Loom as New England Plants Retire

Published: June 30th, 2015 in: Transmission & Distribution

Remember those mountains of snow in Boston on the TV news last winter? The folks who keep the heat on do and it sends chills up their spines. “During the winter, we actually need our coal and... Read more

Wind Energy to Charge Electric Cars

Published: June 8th, 2015 in: Electric Cars

A Revolt is being launched by some Minnesota electric cooperatives, though no one is seceding from the Union. Instead, the co-ops are looking to make electric cars even greener. Revolt is the name of a new program... Read more

Arkansas Co-ops Commit to More Wind

Published: May 28th, 2015 in: Renewable Energy

Arkansas electric cooperatives will have more than 100 megawatts of additional wind power to help meet the energy needs of their members and it’s coming from a planned wind farm in Oklahoma. “AECC will be the sole... Read more

For Co-ops: Energy Storage Could Be Key

Published: May 11th, 2015 in: R & D

Explosive growth in solar generation is driving interest in energy storage which could help utilities meet demand when solar energy production is limited. “We are seeing a sharp increase in interest in storage,” said Doug Danley, NRECA... Read more

Federal Energy Subsidies: Who Gets the Money?

Published: March 17th, 2015 in: Top Story, Trends, Reports & Analyses

Federal support for the energy sector is becoming a smaller pie, but renewable sources are claiming a bigger piece of it. Even though overall federal energy subsidies fell by more than $8.7 billion between fiscal 2010 and... Read more

By the Numbers: Renewable Energy Gains Momentum

Published: January 27th, 2015 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

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 Laboratory... Read more