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All About the Birkie

Museum Explores History of Renowned Ski Race Temperatures might be a little chilly in northern Wisconsin this time of year, but around the Hayward area things are heating up as “Birkie Fever” sets in. The American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest cross-country ski race, transforms this small Sawyer County community into a world-class ski gathering each

Anxious about Adequacy

Reliability watchdog eyes plant retirements In its modern form—the one with regulatory teeth belatedly installed—the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is the product of an Act of Congress adopted in response to the August 2003 grid failure that darkened seven eastern states and part of Canada; inconveniently, the part where most of our northern

Past and Future, Always Present

Co-ops Cultivate Sense of Community As much as we like to believe we can do something good and make it permanent, the world doesn’t work that way. Every day, fewer people remember when the only way to get electricity in rural America was to band together with neighbors—maybe a half-mile away in any direction—and organize

Up Close & Personal

  Soon after last November’s elections the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association, along with Dairyland Power Cooperative and local electric cooperatives, organized a series of informal meetings with the men and women chosen by voters to represent us in Madison. We also met with Wisconsin’s only new member of Congress, Bryan Steil, who succeeds Paul Ryan

Mercury Rule | New PSC Chair | Cybersecurity | Line Energized | WOTUS Rule

EPA Disavows Mercury Rule Rationale The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to scrap its finding that regulating electric generating units under its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) is “appropriate and necessary.” It took that position in 2016 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the agency adopted the rule illegally four years earlier without