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UCS Report links MN Electric Cooperatives to Coal Contracts

UCS Report links MN Electric Cooperatives to Coal Contracts

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) just released an issue brief on Minnesota electric cooperatives (“co-ops”) and the role of out-of-state coal-fired power plants. While Minnesota-based coal plants are being phased out, local electric cooperatives in the state...

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Q&A: Duane Ninneman on the co-op report card project

Q&A: Duane Ninneman on the co-op report card project

Duane Ninneman is Executive Director of CURE in Montevideo, Minnesota. He lives on a farm in Big Stone County.   Q: What sparked this review and report on co-op websites? Why did you do it? Ninneman: It all stems from the premise that a co-op is an amazing model in...

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What is “Energy Democracy?”

What is “Energy Democracy?”

Minnesotans value our communities and local businesses. We seek out sustainable food from area farmers and craft beer from the town brewery. We also demand clean energy that is locally produced and locally owned. Our vision for the future is Energy Democracy—an energy...

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Can co-op ideals thrive again?

Can co-op ideals thrive again?

Minnesota is the birthplace of our modern cooperative movement and co-ops are a fundamental part of our history and culture. Co-ops are an example of rural people coming together to solve community problems. Looking to the future, the co-op movement and co-op business...

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The seven guiding principles of cooperatives

The seven guiding principles of cooperatives

Central to the operations of any cooperative are the seven principles of the cooperative business model: Voluntary and Open Membership Cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all person able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of...

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Some states may be making a big mistake about rooftop solar

Some states may be making a big mistake about rooftop solar

With drastic reductions in the price of wind and solar over the last decade, co-op members and utility customers are considering local energy projects more than ever before. If they fit the right capacity requirements these installations are eligible to sell excess...

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