Dairyland Power Cooperative

Press Release Archive - 2014

  • Dairyland Power Cooperative has been identified as having made the most progress in meeting its 2015 Wisconsin Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) among utilities in the state, according to a report recently prepared for and accepted by the Public Service Commission (PSC). Dairyland topped the list of Wisconsin electric providers by meeting 165 percent of its 2015 RPS requirements. In 2013, 13.93 percent of Dairyland’s total sales for resale in Wisconsin (member cooperatives and municipals) came from renewable energy resources.
  • Dairyland Announces New CEO (November 20, 2014)
    Dairyland's Board of Directors has named Barbara “Barb” Nick as the organization’s next President and CEO. She will succeed Bill Berg who is retiring at the end of the year. “Barb brings more than 30 years of diverse professional experience from the electric and gas industry to Dairyland,” said Dan Korn, Chairman of Dairyland’s Board of Directors. “The Board is confident that her strong executive leadership skills, strategic planning ability and overall vast experience in the electric utility will provide continued strong leadership as our cooperative meets the challenges ahead.”
  • October is National Co-op Month, which provides an opportunity to focus on the cooperative principles including Education, Training and Information and Concern for Community. Dairyland Power Cooperative owns the Flambeau Hydro Station located near Ladysmith, Wis., a water-powered facility that has operated safely and efficiently for over 65 years. To help ensure that Ladysmith area residents are aware of safety resources regarding the unlikely event of a dam emergency incident, information is posted on Dairyland’s website (www.dairynet.com). Ladysmith area residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these resources to see how they could potentially be impacted either by home flooding or road closures in the event of an emergency at the Flambeau Hydro Station. Visit www.dairynet.com and click on Renewable Resources and then Flambeau Hydro Station to access the information.
  • Approximately 600 electric cooperative leaders and guests attended Dairyland Power’s 73rd annual meeting on June 4. Dan Korn, Chairman of the Board and director representing Vernon Electric, presided over the meeting. The theme of the meeting was Together. By working together, Dairyland and its member cooperatives reliably and affordably meet energy needs while improving the quality of life in local communities. William Berg, Dairyland President and CEO, wove the theme through what was his final annual meeting address. Berg will be retiring at the end of 2014 after a 40 year career with Dairyland, with nearly 25 years as President and CEO. Berg’s interest in world history has frequently provided the storyline for his annual meeting speeches. This final address showcased Henry the Navigator, a Portuguese prince who lived in the 15th century and had the long-term vision to establish a sea route around Africa to access the rich trading area of the Far East. “His vision made him that navigator, and each one of us in our own roles as members of our local electric cooperative and Dairyland, should be like Henry the Navigator,” said Berg.
  • Dairyland participated in the White House Solar Summit and Champions of Change event in April 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, was also represented at the Summit. The summit recognized 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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 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.

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