Stories and News

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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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

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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Arkansas co-ops see the value of distributed generation

While many electric cooperatives across the country view distributed generation as a threat and have put up barriers to block its development, others have taken a more proactive approach.  Electric co-ops in Arkansas created a company called Today’s Power Incorporated...

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On Bill Financing of Community at Connexus

Despite the declining costs of solar, one of the biggest barriers to community solar development is the, at times steep, upfront cost. Especially for low income families, large up front costs can be difficult to cover yet those same people have the most to gain from a...

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