By Robert Watson, Utility Dive
There are now at least seven rural electric cooperatives considering what it would cost to leave the service of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a sign that the utility’s efforts to reduce costs and carbon emissions have not appeased its membership. The cooperatives include Wheat Belt Public Power and Northwest Rural Public Power in Nebraska. Read more here.
Previously Posted: Co-ops trying to leave Tri-State say the electric utility is “stonewalling” by refusing to calculate the price to exit, The Colorado Sun
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Why Blue Horizon Energy is opening an office in Marcus, Iowa, Solar Builder Magazine
The solar industry is growing rapidly across the Midwest and around the country as farms and businesses realize the long-term benefits of generating their own clean energy. In addition, the advancing technology and declining costs of solar energy and battery storage are making these solutions more profitable and accessible for organizations of all sizes and types.
- Iowa’s only nuclear power plant will be turned into a solar farm, Electrek
- On-Farm Solar to Power Pennsylvania Government, Lancaster Farming
- Organic Valley Launches Loan Program For Clean Energy Projects On Farms, Wisconsin Public Radio
Ditto says public power access to clean energy tax incentives is ‘low hanging fruit’, American Public Power Association
Allowing public power utilities to have access to clean energy tax incentives is “low hanging fruit” in terms of policy-related action that can be taken in the short term in order to incentivize not-for-profit utilities to build their own clean energy generation, said Joy Ditto, President and CEO of the American Public Power Association (APPA) on March 22.
Report: Offshore Wind Has the Potential to Meet 90% of 2050 US Electricity Demand, Environment + Energy Leader
This finding comes from Offshore Wind for America, a new report released by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group which examines US offshore wind potential by coastal region and by state. Offshore Wind for America also documents the status of existing projects and technological advances.
EPRI’S SOLAR RESEARCH
EPRI Receives DOE Funding to Research the Transmission of Solar Information, Solar Industry
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an institution that conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity, says it will receive a $2 million contract from the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) to explore how information about solar energy spreads among consumers. To learn more about EPRI’s solar research, click here.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES & INFRASTRUCTURE
- Setting Up Home Electric Car Charging On A Budget, CleanTechnica
- First vehicle-to-grid charging pilot in the US Midwest underway, Power Grid International
- Electric Bus Market Exceeded $28 Billion in 2020, Growing at 11% Annually to 2027, Environment + Energy Leader
- For a clean, resilient grid, look to EV infrastructure, GreenBiz
THE WIRE: HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Infographic: Anatomy of a power pole, by Jason Kuiper
OPPD has a lot of power lines. How many? 15,567 miles worth of power lines. Or enough to stretch from Omaha, Neb., around the earth and back at our higher latitude.