NRCO Announces New CEO

Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Carmel, IN

The National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) Board of Directors announced today that they have unanimously selected Michael Keyser as NRCO’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Mr. Keyser’s start date will be January 1, 2022. Keyser succeeds Amadou Fall, who served as CEO from the company’s inception in 2008 until February 2021, when he joined North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation as Chief Operating Officer.

Keyser is currently CEO of BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) and its wholly-owned fiber-to-the-home subsidiary, BARC Connects, where he has served since 2010. He has extensive industry experience, and has led significant change in renewable and technology development at BARC. Keyser earned a Bachelor’s degree in business from Washington State University, a law degree from Seattle University School of Law, and a black belt in Lean Six Sigma from Virginia Tech.

Andrew Lachowsky, NRCO’s Board President, shared, “We are excited to welcome Mike given his passion for renewables and his proven record of innovation. His background demonstrates that he will be able to effectively lead NRCO in assisting its members through our industry transformation as additions of renewables and related technologies continue to increase. The NRCO Board is confident Mike’s leadership will help guide NRCO’s strategy to deliver value to its members.”

“I am honored to join the team at NRCO as its next chief executive, and look forward to working with the members on technologies and strategies as our industry rapidly evolves,” said Keyser. “Leading NRCO is a truly unique opportunity for me to bring the perspective of both the retail consumer and distribution cooperative to the work that NRCO does. I am excited to assist the members as the country migrates toward a more clean and sustainable electric grid.”

NRCO’s Board of Directors Selection Committee retained CarterBaldwin Executive Search to conduct a nationwide search to identify candidates to serve as CEO of NRCO. Don Gulley, President and CEO of Southern Illinois Power Cooperative, led the Search Committee. Gulley recognized the efforts of Chris Guiney, Partner at CarterBaldwin, in this process, noting, “Chris did an outstanding job identifying and presenting viable candidates that could lead NRCO Members through this time of energy industry transition and transformation.”

Lachowsky also recognized Todd Bartling, who has served as Interim CEO since February 2021, stating, “The NRCO Board is thankful for Todd’s leadership and commitment to continuing to further NRCO’s mission and serve its members during this transition.”

About NRCO:

Formed in 2008, NRCO has 21 members across the United States that have a combined peak load of nearly 40 GW and serve more than 7.6 million homes and businesses. NRCO’s mission is to create opportunities for its members to contract and develop a wide range of cost-effective renewable energy resources. NRCO’s innovative solutions assist members through the maze of new storage applications, new grid infrastructure projects, evolving federal and state policies, and emerging technologies toward a cleaner and more reliable grid.

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Finalizes Standalone BESS

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) has announced the completion of its first utility scale energy storage project.  The 2.45MW standalone battery project was developed in partnership with Engie North America (ENGIE), a leading provider of energy storage services.

NHEC and NRCO began developing the project in 2018 and assisted NHEC develop the economic use case of the energy storage facility, helped negotiate the energy storage facilities contract, and helped see the project through to COD.

A full press release can be found here

Price Electric Cooperative Finalizes 100kWac Bifacial Solar Resource

Price Electric Cooperative has completed a solar project at its headquarters in Phillips Wisconsin.  The sites consists of a 100kWac fixed tilt bifacial solar array.  The solar array was developed using NRCO’s sCOOP program, which includes Price Electric as the Cooperative participating in the program, and RECORE LLC as the Tax Equity Investor (TEI).

NRCO helped Price Electric develop the site, conducted an RFP for an EPC (Carlson Electric), and managed the project from inception through final testing and to Commercial Operation (COD).  The completion of Price Electric’s solar site makes 54 small scale solar projects NRCO has helped its members develop since initially creating sCOOP in 2014.

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) Solar RFP

NRCO, on behalf of ODEC, issued a 400MW solar RFP on April 27th, 2021.  ODEC is requesting solar projects to be submitted for review by May 27th, 2021.

Project submittals should be sited in VA, MD, DE.

For additional details about the RFP, please visit ODEC’s Press Release

For questions about the RFP, please contact NRCO, and specifically Scott Bradtmiller (Scott.Bradtmiller@nrco.coop)

Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative to add 200MW of Solar

WINCHESTER, IN, April 6, 2018 – Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. and EDP Renewables (EDPR) have executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) that will bring the 200 MW Riverstart Solar Park to Indiana’s Randolph County. The solar park is expected to be operational in 2022 and will be the largest solar array in the state, producing enough clean electricity to power approximately 37,000 households. The project will also bring economic benefits to the region and to the state of Indiana in the form of jobs, landowner and tax payments, and money spent in local communities.

The full press release can be found here.

Central Iowa Power Cooperative adds 104MW of Wind

DATE: April 2, 2018

DES MOINES – Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) announced development of the Heartland Divide Wind Farm, a major project to expand its wind energy platform, set for completion by the end of this year. CIPCO will purchase 100 percent of the output from the 104 MW facility owned by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, adding to its already diverse energy portfolio, which is more than 60 percent carbon-free.

NRCO assisted CIPCO with the PPA review.

The full press release can be found here.

WVPA, Ranger Power to Triple Illinois Solar Capacity

Wabash Valley Power’s member co-ops will benefit from recently completed long-term agreements to purchase the energy and capacity generated by what will be the largest solar arrays ever built in Illinois.

Wabash Valley Power will be the sole buyer of the energy produced from two 99-megawatt (MW) arrays to be built by New York-based Ranger Power, a utility-scale solar development company. Wabash Valley Power will purchase the power produced by the arrays, while the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the projects will be sold through the Illinois Power Agency REC procurement process.

 

The full press release can be found here.

Associated Electric Cooperative to add 236MW Missouri wind project

MARYVILLE, Missouri – Tenaska, one of the leading independent power producers in the United States, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (Associated) with a capacity of approximately 236 megawatts (MW) of renewable power from a wind project in northwest Missouri.

The Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center project, currently in advanced development, is located near Maryville in Nodaway County. Under the terms of the 25-year PPA that was announced Monday at an event at Northwest Missouri State University, the project is anticipated to be operational in 2020.

The full press release can be found here.

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and Origis Energy Announce New 27.5 MWAC Solar Power Project

In the summer of 2016, the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) released a Request for Proposals on behalf of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) for solar energy supply. This process culminated in a Power Purchase Agreement award to Origis Energy USA for the 27.5 MWAC Ripley Solar project.

SMECO worked with the NRCO to develop a request for proposals and evaluated approximately 20 submissions before selecting Origis Energy. According to Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO’s president and CEO, “Ripley Solar is the third solar project that NRCO has facilitated for SMECO, and their expertise has been invaluable. Developing solar projects right here in our service area gives us a couple of advantages. Not only are we able to procure renewable energy to help meet state requirements, but we are also able to avoid costly transmission fees.”

The full press release can be found here: Ripley Solar Press Release

EKPC Breaks Ground on Solar Farm in Clark County, KY

NRCO Member EKPC has begun construction on a 60-acre, 32,300 panel solar farm near their headquarters in Clark County, KY. The cooperative will be offering a community solar program off of this 10 MW-dc solar site. Interested customers should inquire here.

The full press release can be found on EKPC’s website, here.

From left to right, Allyson Honaker, Julie Tucker, Todd Barling, David Crews, Jeff Brandt, David Samford, Fernie Williams. Photo by Tim Webb.