Dairyland Power Cooperative

Press Release Archive - 2017

  • Dairyland and EDP Renewables (EDPR) celebrated the completion of the 98 MW Quilt Block Wind Farm at a joint dedication event in Darlington, Wis., on Friday, Nov. 10. A number of the wind farm’s stakeholders including landowners and government officials attended the event that featured several speeches, a ribbon cutting and a bus tour of the wind farm. EDPR owns and operates the 98 MW Quilt Block Wind Farm, which is located in Lafayette County. Dairyland has a power purchase agreement in place with EDPR for the entire energy output of the wind farm that will produce enough clean electricity to power more than 25,000 households in Dairyland’s rural four-state service area. “The Quilt Block Wind Farm is a key component of Dairyland’s strategic imperative of Resource Diversification,” said Barbara Nick, Dairyland President and CEO. “Thousands of homes in our cooperative system will be powered with safe and sustainable wind energy from Quilt Block for years to come.”
  • Dairyland has donated $2,500 to the Wildlife Restoration Association (WRA) in Rusk County in support of a new amphitheater in Ladysmith (Wis.) Memorial Park. The Ladysmith Lions Club has led the legacy project with assistance from the WRA. The outdoor amphitheater will host concerts, graduations, weddings, plays and other events. “Supporting communities where we do business is a core value at Dairyland,” said Senior Environmental Biologist Brad Foss (Environmental Affairs). “The beautiful new amphitheater will be used by residents, including Dairyland employees, and also visitors. Its high quality design and construction will make the facility a great benefit to the Ladysmith community.” Dairyland has owned the 22 MW Flambeau Hydroelectric Station since 1951. The water-powered plant is located on the Flambeau River near Ladysmith. Over the years, Dairyland has worked cooperatively with Rusk County and the WRA on many community and environmental stewardship projects.
  • Dairyland Power Cooperative has donated $1,000 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. “The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department has provided excellent service to the Genoa Site over the years, and we are grateful for their dedication,” said Lane Peters, Dairyland Manager, Genoa Site. “The sheriff’s department is a very important part of our overall team working to keep Dairyland facilities safe and secure. We are glad to assist in funding an item or program that helps ensure safety in the Vernon County area,” said Peters. The check from Dairyland for $1,000 was presented to Vernon County Sheriff John Spears by Lane Peters, Genoa Site Manager; Marty Moe, SCIS Security Project Manager; and John Henkelman, Quality Assurance Specialist. The donation will be used to help fund water readiness equipment to better serve the community.
  • The public is invited to learn more about the Nemadji Trail Energy Center natural gas power plant at two upcoming open houses. Hosted by Minnesota Power and Dairyland Power Cooperative, the open houses will provide an ideal forum for residents to ask questions and receive information about the location, purpose and timeline for the project. The proposed 525-550 megawatt plant will generate natural gas-powered electricity for the region. Public open houses: When: Thursday, Sept. 7 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Elks Lodge 1503 Belknap Ave., Superior Wisconsin
  • Dairyland announced plans for a renewable energy enabling 525-550 MW combined cycle natural gas facility at its 76th annual meeting on June 7. This project is in partnership with Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE (NYSE: ALE), based in Duluth. The Nemadji Trail Energy Center will be co-developed by Dairyland and Minnesota Power. The site is located along the Nemadji River in Superior, Wis., adjacent to the service territories of both partners. Bayfield Electric and other Dairyland member cooperatives have served northwestern Wisconsin for decades. Barbara Nick, President and CEO, announced this expansion as a significant component of Dairyland’s ongoing “Preferred Plan” for resource diversification during her annual meeting address. The Nemadji Trail Energy Center will provide an agile and affordable resource that supports the major wind and solar energy investments Dairyland continues to implement.
  • Dairyland Power Cooperative has donated a retired electrofishing boat and trailer to the Rusk County Wildlife Restoration Association (WRA) in Ladysmith, Wis. Dairyland and the Rusk County WRA collaborate on environmental stewardship projects in the Ladysmith area near Dairyland’s Flambeau Hydroelectric Station, including the major fish habitat restoration of the Dairyland Reservoir (Lake Flambeau). “The WRA has borrowed our boat in the past to help conduct work on the fish habitat project in the Dairyland Reservoir. Dairyland has a new electrofishing boat, and we are pleased we are able to donate our former boat to the WRA for ongoing stewardship,” said Dairyland Environmental Biologist Ben Campbell. “The WRA has been instrumental in our stewardship successes in the Ladysmith area and we are grateful for their support,” added Campbell. “This boat has been retired from electrofishing and will now be used by WRA as a work boat to haul materials for fish habitat and shoreline rehabilitation projects.” Dairyland’s Flambeau Hydroelectric Station, a water-powered facility located on the Flambeau River five miles northeast of Ladysmith, has been generating electricity since 1951.
  • Dairyland Power Cooperative will begin purchasing 80 MW of renewable energy from the Barton Wind Farm (Kensett, Iowa), effective February 15. Dairyland has reached a power purchase agreement with Avangrid Renewables (Portland, Ore.) which owns and operates the Barton Wind Farm. It is located in north-central Iowa and has been in service since 2009. The Barton Wind Farm has a capacity of 160 MW of wind energy, of which Dairyland will purchase 80 MW—enough renewable energy to power more than 19,000 homes. “Dairyland’s Vision is to exceed expectations as a safe, sustainable, premier power cooperative. Resource diversification is a key component of that commitment to our cooperative membership. Growth in wind and solar supports Dairyland’s strategic direction to diversify, and we are very pleased to expand our renewable energy portfolio with the Barton Wind Farm,” said John Carr, Dairyland Vice President, Strategic Planning.

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