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)

Nationwide Search Announced for National Renewables Cooperative Organization Chief Executive Officer

The National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) announces the launch of a nationwide search for a new Chief Executive Officer. The search follows the departure of former CEO Amadou Fall who joined North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) as Chief Operating Officer.  The NRCO Board of Directors has retained CarterBaldwin Executive Search to assist in the identification of their next CEO.

NRCO was created in 2008 by 15 electric cooperatives who recognized that renewable generation technology was poised for widespread adoption across the U.S. The cooperatives realized the potential for renewables to revolutionize energy markets.

NRCO serves its members with renewable energy project origination and power purchase agreement (PPA) negotiations, site selection and development, legal advice, and finance and accounting expertise. Their services have resulted in more than 1,000 MWs of utility-scale and community renewable projects being installed for cooperatives in over 20 states.  NRCO has expertise in projects dealing with wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and coal bed methane, and is always searching for new innovations to provide value to its members.  NRCO is motivated to create innovative solutions to lead its members through the maze of new storage applications, new grid infrastructure projects, evolving federal and state policies, and emerging technologies that will solidify a clean and reliable grid.  Providing constant education on these evolving trends and technologies is an essential function of NRCO for its members.

Today, NRCO has 21 members that have a combined peak load of nearly 40 GWs and serve more than 7.6 million homes and businesses.  Membership in NRCO is open to generation and transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) and distribution cooperatives who have the legal ability to buy power in the wholesale market.

To learn more about the Chief Executive Officer opportunity at NRCO, please click here to view the profile. Application materials are being accepted now through June 11, 2021. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to NRCOCEO@carterbaldwin.com. Chris Guiney, Partner, CarterBaldwin Executive Search will lead the search.


About CarterBaldwin Executive Search

CarterBaldwin is a retained executive search firm that partners with leading corporations, organizations, and institutions to help them build exceptional leadership teams. Its practice leaders have more than 100 years of combined executive search experience and are focused on delivering excellent results tailored to the unique goals and needs of every client. With C-level corporate search as its foundation, CarterBaldwin has expanded its client portfolio to include non-profit and academic sectors and has evolved from a regional firm to a national firm with international reach.

CarterBaldwin’s Energy and Infrastructure practice, led by Chris Guiney, serves clients across the gas, electric power, renewables, cleantech, telecom, water, waste, mining, construction, and related infrastructure projects. As the energy and infrastructure sectors continue to rebound and with more focus on energy and infrastructure investing than ever before, CarterBaldwin has established a leadership position developing and building executive teams for our clients.

NRCO’s Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) today announced its Board of Directors appointed Todd Bartling, NRCO’s Vice President of Renewables Development, to serve as interim Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is effective February 15, 2021 following the previously announced departure of CEO Amadou Fall.

“We appreciate Todd taking on an expanded role during the CEO selection process,” said Andrew Lachowsky, NRCO’s Board President. “Todd has made significant contributions to NRCO’s success during his 11-year tenure, including leading the company’s development and origination efforts. We are confident Todd’s understanding of electric cooperatives and the services NRCO provides will enable a seamless transition during this interim period.”
“The NRCO team has a passion and commitment to delivering for our members and customers,” said Bartling. “I am excited to lead the continued execution of our strategy.”

About Todd Bartling
Mr. Bartling joined the National Renewables Cooperative Organization as the Director of Renewables Development in March of 2009. His responsibilities include leading a team of renewable energy developers in the development, project structuring, financial valuation, risk assessment, deal negotiation and origination of renewable projects for joint participation by NRCO members. Prior to joining NRCO, Mr. Bartling held senior positions at ACES as the Director of Member-Client Services and the Director of Structuring. Prior to working in the energy industry, Mr. Bartling worked in Technology Consulting and Investment Banking. Mr. Bartling is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana University.

NCEMC Names Amadou Fall as New Chief Operating Officer

North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives Names Amadou Fall as New Chief Operating Officer
Raleigh, N.C. (Jan. 20, 2021) – North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, the family of three organizations that serves the state’s network of 26 electric distribution cooperatives, has named Amadou Fall as chief operating officer of its generation and transmission organization, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC). Fall will help lead and execute the cooperatives’ vision of building a brighter future for co-op members and communities through energy innovation and the provision of reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity and services.

“Amadou has a long track record of success in our industry, and we’re fortunate to be gaining his knowledge and expertise in diverse energy portfolio management, risk management, transmission modelling and congestion analysis, and renewable energy, particularly as we work to enhance grid management and achieve the carbon-reduction goals set forth in our Brighter Future vision,” said Joe Brannan, executive vice president and CEO of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “He has worked with electric cooperatives throughout the nation, and his breadth of market and industry experience will put us in a position of strength as we continue to navigate a changing environment and engage with the people and communities we serve.”

Fall will join North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives in mid-February after serving as chief executive officer of the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) since 2008. Based in Indiana, NRCO was formed by electric cooperatives across the country to facilitate the development and deployment of renewable energy resources. Fall will succeed Mike Burnette, NCEMC’s current SVP and COO, who is set to retire in mid-2021 after a 33-year career serving North Carolina’s electric cooperatives and their consumer-members and communities.
“I am pleased to be joining one of the nation’s largest generation and transmission cooperatives, and look forward to ensuring that North Carolina’s electric cooperatives remain an industry leader as they continue to deliver reliable, affordable and sustainable power and pursue innovative solutions for their members,” Fall said.

Throughout his career, Fall has served as an innovator who has initiated and developed key solutions and products in an evolving electric industry. He has held various roles at cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and diversified energy companies. Prior to taking on the role of NRCO’s first CEO, Fall was an officer at ACES Power, managing regulatory, scheduling and transmission services for the portfolios of ACES members and customers.

Fall holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in engineering management from Drexel University.

Amadou Fall, NCEMC’s new chief operating officer

Driven by service and inspired by innovation, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are building a brighter future for 2.5 million North Carolinians. Beyond providing electricity, each of the 26 not-for-profit cooperatives is investing in their communities and delivering new energy solutions to improve quality of life for co-op members in 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. www.ncelectriccooperatives.com

EKPC Issuing Solar & Wind RFP

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has issued a Request for Proposal seeking 50MWac Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power, and 10MW of Wind power via Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). EKPC is facilitating the RFP on behalf of their member Inter-County Energy Cooperative, where 100% of the renewable energy will supply Diageo’s largest carbon-neutral distillery in North America.

The RFP is being run by National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO), and lead by Michael Loenen, Senior Renewables Developer. For questions regarding EKPC’s RFP, please contact Michael Loenen @Michael.Loenen@nrco.coop

The full EKPC / Inter-County Energy Cooperative / Diageo press release can be found here.

Big River’s Electric Corporation (BREC) to purchase up to 260MW of solar from two developers

Big River Electric Corporation (BREC) and two developers, Community Energy and Geronimo, have executed power purchase agreements (PPA) to build a portfolio of solar assets totaling up to 260MW in western Kentucky. Community Energy will provide Big Rivers with up to 100MWs of energy located in Meade and McCracken Counties, and will be commercially available in early 2023. Geronimo will build 160MW facility located in Henderson/Webster County, and will be commercially available in early 2024.

According to Big Rivers President and CEO, Bob Berry, “Big Rivers is excited to add this renewable energy source to our portfolio for the sole benefit of our Member-Owners”, “this is another example of our commitment to provide safe, reliable and sustainable energy for our Members.”

NRCO managed the RFP and assisted in the PPA negotiations.

The full Big Rivers / Community Energy / Geronimo press release can be found here

Johnson Corner Project Commences Commercial Operation

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation (SEPC) and Lightsource BP have announced that Johnson Corner Solar Project entered commercial operation as of April 7th, 2020, and was constructed by Lightsource BP. Johnson Corner Solar Project is the result of NRCO and SEPC collaborating together to fully develop a shovel ready project. NRCO helped SEPC select the optimal site by scoring and ranking each potential site based on solar irradiance, impacts on LMPs, and grid impacts on harmonics and voltage control. Next, NRCO helped SEPC navigate the SPP Generation Interconnection Agreement (GIA) process by estimating and organizing costs, defining system impacts, and developing a timeline that fit the needs of SEPC’s. NRCO then led and managed the RFP, rebidding the process twice to allow participants to rebid after the Section 201 tariffs were known, allowing developers to submit their best offers. NRCO then worked with SEPC to sell the development to Lightsource BP and become the PPA off-taker. At 20MWac, Johnson Corner is currently the largest solar project constructed in Kansas, more than doubling Kansas’ current 14.1MW capacity.

The full SEPC/Lightsource BP press release can be found HERE

ODEC Increases Portfolio of Distributed Solar Projects

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has increased its distributed solar portfolio to 15 projects, providing 60MWac of solar in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The 15 projects are expected to be in service 2021, further diversifying ODEC’s generation portfolio.

NRCO originated the projects from a competitive RFP process, and NRCO advised ODEC during PPA negotiations.

A full press release can be found Here