Dairyland Attending White House Solar Summit (April 16, 2014)
Dairyland will participate in the White House Solar Summit and Champions of Change event being held on April 17 at the White House in Washington, D.C. Dairyland was nominated to attend the summit by the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, a Dairyland member, will also be represented at the Summit. The summit will recognize local leaders in the U.S. who are taking action to advance solar power. Recently, Dairyland announced it is expanding its renewable energy resources with the addition of two commercial solar projects. Dairyland signed an agreement with Minnesota-Three, LLC, to purchase the renewable energy produced by a large solar facility in Minnesota. Construction of the solar facility has begun and it should be operational by June 1, 2014. A similar project is being constructed near Westby, Wis., during the same time frame. Dairyland also purchases the excess energy output from a solar generation facility owned by the City of Galena, Ill., the solar installation at the Necedah (Wis.) National Wildlife Refuge and a number of smaller distributed generation projects.
Dam Safety Awareness Week (April 7-12) (April 10, 2014)
Spring has finally arrived and with the warmer temperatures come higher river flows on area rivers due to melting snow and spring rain. These flows are a stark reminder of how powerful the forces of Nature can be and how important it is to stay safe when boating, canoeing, fishing or seeking other recreation opportunities on area rivers. Dairyland Power Cooperative joins with the Midwest Hydro Users Group (HUG) in observing Dam Safety Awareness Week (April 7-12) to promote public safety awareness near dams and prevent accidents throughout the boating season. The purpose of Dam Safety Awareness Week is to heighten the safety awareness of recreational and fishing enthusiasts as they return to the waterways. Many of the accidents that occur near dams could be prevented by using common sense, practicing safety, staying clear of dams and understanding the dangers to be found near them. Click here to read tips on staying safe on waterways.
DPC Expanding Solar Energy Resources (March 11, 2014)
Dairyland Power Cooperative is expanding its renewable energy resources with the addition of another commercial solar project. The new solar installation will be approximately 520 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes. The project will be located adjacent to Vernon Electric Cooperative’s headquarters along U.S. Highway 27 in Westby, Wis. Dairyland has signed an agreement with Clean Energy Collective to purchase the renewable energy produced by this large solar facility, which will be developed, owned and managed by Clean Energy Collective of Boulder, Colo. Construction of the solar facility is scheduled to begin this spring and planned to be operational by June 1, 2014. “For many years, we have been steadily adding renewable resources to our system while balancing reliability and affordability for our members,” said Bill Berg, President and CEO. “Solar powered generation was part of our long-term resource plan, and this project is a good fit with Dairyland’s overall strategic plan.”
Dairyland Urging Caution on Flambeau Reservoir (February 20, 2014)
Dairyland Power Cooperative urges caution to those who are using the Dairyland Reservoir (Lake Flambeau) near Ladysmith, Wis., for recreational activities this time of year. The ice becomes unstable and dangerous as spring approaches. Fishermen, snowmobilers, boaters and all recreational enthusiasts using the Reservoir should also be cautious near the spillway, since dangerous currents can develop as flows increase. Dairyland is implementing a normal drawdown of up to two feet, as the spring run-off starts. The total drawdown could be as much as three feet, depending on the amount of additional precipitation and the rate of snow melt. The Flambeau Hydroelectric Station, located on the Flambeau River five miles northeast of Ladysmith, has been generating clean, efficient electricity since 1951. This water-powered facility can generate 24 MW of electricity. Throughout the year, Dairyland welcomes area residents and visitors to enjoy the many recreational opportunities available on both the Reservoir and the public land surrounding it.
Dairyland Announces Solar Project (January 16, 2014)
Dairyland Power has signed an agreement with Minnesota-Three, LLC, to purchase the renewable energy produced by a planned large solar facility, to be located along U.S. Highway 52 north of Rochester, Minn. The new solar installation will be 517 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes. The facility will be located in the Oronoco Crossings business park and interconnected to People’s Energy Cooperative power delivery system. Construction of the solar facility is scheduled to begin this spring and planned to be operational by June 1, 2014. The solar installation will be developed, owned and managed by Minnesota-Three, LLC, owned by three Dairyland member cooperatives: Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services (Albert Lea, Minn.), People’s Energy Cooperative (Oronoco, Minn.) and Tri-County Electric Cooperative (Rushford, Minn.). “The development of this solar project complements Dairyland’s current renewable energy resources, which provide about 12 percent of our members’ energy,” said Bill Berg, President and CEO. “Expanding solar resources is consistent with Dairyland’s strategic intent to diversify our energy resources portfolio.”
Dairyland Donates $2,000 to Vernon County Sheriff’s Department (January 7, 2014)
Dairyland Power Cooperative has donated $2,000 to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department, which serves Dairyland’s Genoa (Wis.) property. The Genoa Site property includes a coal-fired generating station, shut-down nuclear facility and dry cask storage installation. A check from Dairyland for $2,000 was recently presented to Vernon County Sheriff John Spears by Don Egge, Manager of the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor and the Independent Fuel Storage facility; Marty Moe, Manager of Security (Securitas) for the Genoa Site; and Brian Rude, Vice President, External and Member Relations. The donation to the sheriff’s department is not earmarked for a specific item or need; it will used by department personnel as they see fit for equipment or to support services benefitting area communities. “In addition to their excellence in community protection and service, Dairyland is very appreciative of the time and effort the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department expends to support security at the Genoa facility. Through this donation, we hope to assist the Department by helping fund an item that supports their efforts to ensure safety in Vernon County,” said Rude.