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Dairyland Power Announces Major Solar Energy Facility

March 18, 2019—Dairyland Power Cooperative has finalized a power purchase agreement with Ranger Power for the proposed 149 megawatt Badger State Solar Project. Dairyland will purchase the entire output of the planned solar photovoltaic facility, which is proposed on the land of participating private landowners in the Towns of Jefferson and Oakland in Jefferson County, Wis. The Badger State Solar Project will generate enough renewable energy to power over 20,000 homes. Ranger Power is the developer of the solar energy facility. Pollinator habitat is also planned for the site. Read More

Clark picked to head NRTC board

March 15, 2019—Richland Electric Cooperative CEO and General Manager Shannon Clark was elected board chairman of the national Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) Sunday by fellow directors on the 17-member governing panel. Read More

Build future leadership, co-ops told at NRECA gathering

March 15, 2019—The leadership provided by electric cooperatives is “uniquely valuable” to the communities they serve and today’s co-op leaders must prepare new generations to take that leadership into the future, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson told attendees at the organization’s annual meeting in Florida Monday. Read More

Co-ops hail bipartisan disaster response

March 1, 2019—The Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association and its smallest member co-op Friday morning saluted bipartisan cooperation between Republican legislators and Democratic Governor Tony Evers to make state assistance available for costs incurred when winter ice damage cut off Washington Island’s power supply. Full press release


Co-op Difference | Meet the Members

Regular readers will know we make frequent reference to “seven cooperative principles” that amount to a set of characteristics spelling out the kind of organization it’s hoped every co-op will strive to be. With the arrival of March, we head into the season when the majority of Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives carry out the most visible expression of Cooperative Principle Number Two: Democratic Member Control.

Every member is encouraged to attend their co-op’s annual meeting. While a handful of these take place in the summer and fall, most—continuing the old historical custom established when the details of rural life were necessarily arranged in deference to the agricultural calendar—are held after winter is losing its grip but before spring is fully in the saddle.

Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News

The Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News serves as the voice of the state’s rural electric cooperatives. Founded in 1940, the publication focuses on statewide issues that affect electric cooperatives, promoting the general welfare of Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives, their member-owners, and the areas they serve.

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