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

Is Waste Wood the Future of Power?

Published: July 15th, 2014 in: Renewable Energy

Attention, wind, solar and water. Don’t look back, because wood biomass is gaining on you. When it comes to renewable energy, wood biomass is the now one of the fastest growing sources of electric generation, with the... Read more

Nevada Co-op Hopes to Fast Track Rail Power

Published: April 15th, 2014 in: Renewable Energy

Railroad technology used more than a century ago could help electric utilities in the West balance loads from new renewable resources, and a Nevada electric cooperative is helping to fast track the idea. Valley Electric Association has... Read more

Generators to Foot Bill for Excess NW Power

Published: April 2nd, 2014 in: Energy & Environment

In an ongoing clash of clean energies, the Bonneville Power Administration says generators should foot the bill when there’s too much electricity for the Northwest grid to handle. The decision, announced March 27, could affect millions of... Read more

Two Co-ops Share Top Wind Energy Honors

Published: March 14th, 2014 in: Renewable Energy, The Winners

NRECA and the Department of Energy bestowed top honors for wind energy to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative of Virginia and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative of Illinois. The cooperatives were recognized March 6 as the 2013 Wind... Read more

Basin Signs Wind Power Deal

Published: December 27th, 2013 in: Renewable Energy

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is on a roll with wind energy. The Bismarck, N.D.-based G&T said Dec. 20 that it has signed a deal to add 98 megawatts of wind from a planned South Dakota project. The... Read more

Cycling Coal for Wind, Solar Costly

Published: September 27th, 2013 in: Renewable Energy

NRECA researchers say that cycling fossil units to add wind and solar power to the grid will come at a cost to consumers. That finding comes as a national laboratory concludes fossil fuel savings can outweigh the... Read more

Bright Outlook for Solar Energy

Published: September 16th, 2013 in: Trends, Reports & Analyses

Solar energy still accounts for just a fraction of U.S. energy use, but it is coming on strong. Solar power is the fastest-growing source of electric generation in the United States, increasing by 81 percent in 2013... Read more