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

Dairyland Tops Wis. Renewable Goal

Published: August 30th, 2013 in: Renewable Energy

When it comes to meeting Wisconsin’s renewable energy standard, Dairyland Power Cooperative at 148 percent is already above and beyond the state’s 2015 requirement. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s latest report ranks the La Crosse-based G&T... Read more

Ark. Co-ops Adding Wind Capacity

Published: July 31st, 2013 in: Renewable Energy

A power purchase agreement between Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and RES Americas clears the way for construction of 75 new wind turbines in two southeastern Oklahoma counties. The 150-megawatt Origin Wind Project is expected to begin commercial... Read more

Court Favors Wind, Building Lines

Published: June 27th, 2013 in: On the Docket

Wind energy and transmission developers got a boost from a recent court decision, which supports spreading out the costs of large power lines delivering remote renewable energy to population centers. “If you build high-voltage transmission for renewable... Read more

FERC Criticized on NW Planning Order

Published: June 25th, 2013 in: Power Regulation

Federal regulators are under fire from a key U.S. senator and utility groups for rejecting a plan aimed at providing flexibility for Northwest utilities in allocating the costs of regional transmission projects. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman... Read more