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May 17, 2024

NERC: Ohio at Low Risk of Electricity Reliability Issues This Summer

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released its summer assessment of electric reliability and Ohio is at low-risk for demand exceeding supply. That’s a change from NERC’s winter assessment of Ohio, which is within the 13-state PJM grid. The Midwest was at risk of losing power this past winter, but thankfully the weather stayed mild and outages were avoided. Other areas of the country, however, are at risk of rolling outages or blackouts this summer on the hottest days. According to the NERC 2024 Summer Reliability Assessment, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, the upper midsection of the...

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May 16, 2024

Staying Safe

Every year as winter fades, spring brings the promise of a refresh to our landscape. This year, spring also has brought several deadly tornadoes and strong storms, and Ohio’s electric cooperatives continue to assist in the rebuilding of devastated communities and pray for those who have suffered great loss. Of course, no one can know when or where such natural disasters may happen, so your co-op constantly prepares for severe events like we’ve experienced this year. While we can’t prevent the havoc that powerful spring and summer storms can cause, there are things we can control, and we have our...

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May 10, 2024

Consider a Hybrid: No, we’re not talking about your next vehicle

You might have heard the word hybrid when it comes to purchasing a new vehicle. Did you know you can use that same word when it comes to selecting your next heating and cooling system for your home? Instead of purchasing a new gas furnace or a new heat pump, why not combine the two to get a more economical and energy efficient system — a dual fuel system? Much like hybrid vehicles, which combine gasoline engines with electric motors, these systems merge the strengths of both heat pumps and fossil fuel furnaces to optimize performance across varying weather conditions....

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April 25, 2024

ACTION REQUESTED: Protecting reliable power in Ohio has never been more critical.

As a member of the electric cooperative family, you know the vital role electric co-ops play in ensuring always-available access to reliable, affordable power. We need your help: Stand up to federal regulators who want to shut down dependable power sources. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that U.S. power demand will reach its highest levels in 2024 and 2025. Despite this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with regulations that threaten to close always-available power plants and make it harder to build new ones. With a growing reliance on electricity to power our economy and everyday lives,...

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April 10, 2024

DOE Transformer Rule Change Eases Supply Chain Gridlock, Enhances Electricity Reliability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy revised its rule on electricity distribution transformers this week, which will ease supply chain challenges and ultimately support electricity reliability and grid resilience. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pushed for the change after speaking with Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives president and CEO, Pat O’Loughlin. Brown stated this week the DOE rule change will protect domestic production of transformers and preserve Ohio jobs. The Department of Energy had proposed a rule that would have required all electrical distribution transformers to shift from the industry standard grain oriented electrical steel (GOES) cores to amorphous cores. This...

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