Press Releases

DPC leads in progress on WI Renewable Portfolio Standard

November 24, 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.

Dairyland Provides Flambeau Hydro Station Safety Information

September 23, 2014 - 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 (

DPC's 73rd Annual Meeting Highlights

June 4, 2014 - 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.

Dairyland Attended White House Solar Summit

April 16, 2014 - 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.

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.

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 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.

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.