Missouri Farmers are trying to work around more frequent floods and drought, which scientists say are the result of climate change.The Missouri Department of Agriculturesaid it doesn’t currently have anyone in the department looking at the impact of climate change on the state’s top industry, so many farmers are trying to figure out solutions on their own. Read more here.
Columbus, Neb. – The time has come to celebrate the launch of a new community solar farm with the official ribbon cutting for the Scottsbluff II project. The new addition to the Scottsbluff community’s renewable energy portfolio is set to go live on March 1, with the ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. March 2. “We are very excited to cut the ribbon and celebrate the official launch of Scottsbluff II,” says Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Vice-President and Retail General Manager Tim Arlt. “The Scottsbluff II project is a great partnership between the city of Scottsbluff – NPPD and N-Solar and these combined efforts are what made this project a reality.” The ceremony is set to take place in the Landers Memorial Soccer Complex parking lot at 4205 5th Avenue just outside the new solar facility. Continue reading here.
NPPD says the 115,000 volt line from Stegall to Scottsbluff is complete, but it will likely be August before the system can be energized . . . The project, which also includes a short 345,000 volt line to the Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s existing Stegall substation, is expected to enhance system reliability in the Panhandle. Click here to read more.
Prairie Business Magazine published an interview a while back with Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s CEO, Paul Sukut, that is still timely and of potential interest to everyone who enjoys reading about rural electric cooperatives and their role in community economic development, including investments in renewable energy projects. Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s nine-state service territory includes: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Below, is an excerpt from the interview.
Q: WHAT ROLE DOES RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAY IN BASIN’S POWER SUPPLY, AND WHAT KINDS OF RENEWABLES DOES THE COOPERATIVE USE?
A: Basin Electric is a recognized leader of wind energy development in the Upper Midwest. Through joint projects and purchase power agreements, we have added approximately 719 megawatts (MW) of wind energy to our energy portfolio in the past decade and have invested more than $1 billion in renewable resources. By year-end 2016, Basin Electric will have more than 1,570 MW of green and wind-generation capacity. Several of Basin Electric’s members have asked about incorporating solar as a resource option. The cooperative is considering how to best incorporate both small and large solar into its generation fleet. Basin Electric will work with the membership as it develops a solar resource strategy. As of March 22, 2016, Basin Electric purchases the output from 335 small wind and solar projects owned by member-consumers throughout the cooperative’s service territory.