Wind Power Industry Leaders Awarded


| 3/22/2013 3:41:14 PM


Tags: wind industry, wind power, renewable energy, domestic wind power, EERE,

This press release was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy News 

The Energy Department recognized the East River Electric Power Cooperative of South Dakota and the Golden Valley Electric Association of Alaska in February as the 2012 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. The Energy Department recognized the East River Electric Power Cooperative of South Dakota and the Golden Valley Electric Association of Alaska in February as the 2012 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. 

The 12th annual awards, presented at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) TechAdvantage 2013 Conference and Expo in New Orleans, honor East River in the generation and transmission cooperative category and Golden Valley for wind energy development by a distribution cooperative. East River and Golden Valley were selected by a panel of experts from the wind industry, utilities, government, national laboratories, and cooperatives.

East River Electric Power Cooperative—Madison, South Dakota 

A wholesale electric power supply cooperative serving eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota, East River Electric Power Cooperative is regarded as one of the earliest champions in installing the first utility-scale wind turbines in the Dakotas. In 2009, the co-op created South Dakota Wind Partners LLC (SDWP)—a model for community-based, locally-owned wind development that is fully financed by South Dakota residents. In 2010, SDWP proposed a 10.5 megawatt (MW) addition to the 151 MW Prairie Winds SD1 project and worked with East River to convene investor meetings across the state. This approach helped raise $16 million in just 60 days with investments from more than 600 South Dakotans. The 10.5 MW project has been in operation since 2011, and is a community financing model for clean, domestic wind power that other providers can emulate.

Golden Valley Electric Association—Fairbanks, Alaska 




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