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Farmers see big value in local energy projects

Farmers see big value in local energy projects

As farmers across the country deal with another year of low crop prices, many are singing the praises of land payments from local energy projects.  Lease agreements with wind developers can pay as much as $10,000 per turbine per year.  Local energy projects are also...

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Arkansas co-op helps members finance energy efficiency

Arkansas co-op helps members finance energy efficiency

Many Americans have inefficient homes and old appliances costing them thousands of dollars a year on their utility bills.  For many, the price of an upgrade or a retrofit is too high.  Low income families who can’t afford up-front costs or taking on new loans or debt...

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Alaskans save money, fight climate change with local energy

Alaskans save money, fight climate change with local energy

Few places in the United States are seeing the more immediate impacts of climate change than  Alaska.  Some towns may even have to be relocated as a result of rising sea levels.  Beyond the visible impacts of climate change, electricity is prohibitively expensive in...

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Co-op tests  solar + storage to benefit members

Co-op tests  solar + storage to benefit members

In Kalispell, Montana, Flathead Electric Cooperative worked with the Flathead Youth Home to test rooftop solar with a Tesla Powerwall.  Flathead Electric will collect and evaluate data generated by the 7.2-kilowatt, net-metered solar array and backup system over...

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Rural Minnesotans reaping benefits of local energy projects

Rural Minnesotans reaping benefits of local energy projects

Rural Minnesotans are already reaping the benefits of local energy projects.  In this report from the Grand Forks Herald we hear the story of several Minnesotans and their investments in distributed generation.  Jane Anderson uses her array to help save money for...

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Co-ops see energy advantage with broadband

Co-ops see energy advantage with broadband

In the utility world there has been a great deal of conversation over the “smart grid,” which sometimes fuses networked home appliances with electric grid infrastructure.  In short, this will offer new energy efficiency opportunities which will mean big savings for...

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New NRECA CEO calls for co-op accessibility and openness

New NRECA CEO calls for co-op accessibility and openness

In 2016 the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) selected former Utah Congressman Jim Matheson as CEO.  This piece profiles Matheson’s history as a public official and his work with electric cooperatives.  Matheson calls for co-ops to use their...

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