Two Co-ops Share Top Wind Energy Honors – Electric Co

March 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

NRECA and the Department of Energy bestowed top honors for wind energy to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative of Virginia and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative of Illinois.

David Stuva, president and CEO of RECC, says his Illinois co-op’s 900-kilowatt turbine helps educate public on wind energy. (Photo By: Stephen Reasonover)

David Stuva, president and CEO of RECC, says his Illinois co-op’s 900-kilowatt turbine helps educate public on wind energy. (Photo By: Stephen Reasonover)

The cooperatives were recognized March 6 as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year at the TechAdvantage 2014 Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tenn.

Co-op executives said they appreciated the honor for outstanding leadership in advancing U.S. wind power and acknowledged what the award means for wind energy going forward.

“This award reflects our forward-thinking board of directors’ approach to diversifying our cooperative’s mix of resources with our wind projects, especially since we are not subject to a renewable portfolio standard,” said Jackson Reasor, president and CEO, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative in Glen Allen, Va.

David Stuva, president and CEO of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative in Auburn, Ill., said the visibility of the GobNob 900-kilowatt wind turbine serves as a way to educate the public and communicate with co-op members on the benefits of the renewable resource.

“Since 2009, hundreds of school kids have learned about wind energy by visiting GobNob while the project has produced about 10 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy for our members,” said Stuva.

A panel of judges from the wind industry, utilities, government, national laboratories and cooperatives picked the two co-ops based on their corporate leadership, project innovation, and benefits to customers.

ODEC, a wholesale power supply co-op, has added more than 260 megawatts of capacity to its renewable resource portfolio since 2008 to serve its 11 member distribution co-ops.

RECC worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to install the utility-scale GobNob turbine on an elevated section of an abandoned mine to capture a large amount of wind to serve its 5,800 member-consumers.

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