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

New Wind Pact for Western Farmers EC

Published: January 27th, 2015 in: Renewable Energy

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 the... Read more

Two Texas Co-ops Get Oklahoma Wind

Published: December 8th, 2014 in: Renewable Energy

Two Texas generation and transmission cooperatives will meet some of their capacity needs with electricity generated by a wind farm in northern Oklahoma. More than 101 megawatts of power from the Grant Wind project will begin flowing... Read more

Arkansas Co-ops Buy Oklahoma Wind Power

Published: December 1st, 2014 in: Renewable Energy

Wind energy from Oklahoma is flowing to electric cooperatives in neighboring Arkansas. Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. has agreed to purchase up to 150 megawatts of power from Enel Green Power North America under a 20-year contract for... Read more

Hoosier Energy Inks Wind Deal in Illinois

Published: October 27th, 2014 in: Renewable Energy

When Hoosier Energy in Indiana wanted renewable energy assets they could add to their generation portfolio quickly, they looked to their neighbors in Illinois to help make it happen. The 100-megawatt Rail Splitter Wind Farm in Illinois... Read more

FERC Accepts BPA Approach to High Wind, High Water

Published: October 21st, 2014 in: Power Regulation

Advocates of consumer-owned power say they see positive signs in a pair of federal orders that address how Bonneville Power Administration can balance the grid during episodes of excess wind energy and hydro production. The Federal Energy... Read more

NRECA Summit to Focus on Future of Energy

Published: September 8th, 2014 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

The days when consumers either bought electricity from your co-op or went without are gone forever. Today, people are slapping solar panels on their roofs and even want to sell some of that energy to the grid.... Read more

Without Government Aid, Uneven Path for Renewables

Published: July 21st, 2014 in: Renewable Energy

By 2040, the United States might get 27 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Or it might get less than 15 percent. That’s a big disparity, and while renewables are here to stay, the degree of... Read more