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The buck stops where?

Co-ops take responsibility for cybersecurity Ten years ago in the United States, hackers armed only with a keyboard and mouse destroyed a diesel-electric generator, demonstrating a dangerous vulnerability of the electric grid. Fortunately, these “hackers” were researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory experimenting with cybersecurity and they devised a defense against the specific attack they’d

ATVentures in Black River Country

For those who like a little more power in their play, taking to the trails in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or utility-terrain vehicle (UTV) leaves other kinds of outdoor activities in the dust. ATV/UTV riding is one of the fastest-growing outdoor sports in the state, according to reports from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,

Haste, Wasted

Those who have spent time around legislative institutions know that when a proposal is moving so fast it’s scheduled for a public hearing before a complete draft exists, the chances of anything good happening are between slim and none. Let’s hear it for slim. Just before Memorial Day, the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association (WECA) heard

The future of solar energy

The price of solar has fallen dramatically to become competitive with other generation sources. In 2015 and 2016, the United States installed more solar panels than in the previous 30 years combined. So how did we get here and, more importantly, what’s next? Solar power is actually a misnomer because it can refer to any

New co-op solar project energized; Badger Coulee construction halt lifted; Lighting key to reduced energy use; TMI set for early retirement; Dairyland to add gas plant

New co-op solar project energized A new utility-scale solar generation facility was brought on line May 24 near Roberts in the St. Croix Electric Cooperative (SCEC) service area, coinciding with a milestone in the co-op’s history. “After all the work that’s been put in to make this project happen, it’s exciting to have Sunflower II