Electric cooperatives across the country are actively expanding their fuel portfolios to include an array of renewable sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, manure and hydro. Take a look at some recent stats to see how co-ops are measuring up:
- Nationwide, co-ops own 554 megawatts in renewable energy generation and have purchased contracts for 1,946 MW for a combined total of 3.5 gigawatts of non-hydro renewable capacity. In addition, there are roughly 10 GW of preference power contracts with federal hydroelectric facilities.
- In 2008, co-ops received more than 11 percent of their power from renewable sources, as compared to 9 percent for the nation’s entire electric utility sector.
- In 2007, growth in both owned and purchased non-hydro renewable energy capacity grew 61 percent. In 2008, renewable capacity grew 65 percent. Nationwide, growth in renewable capacity was less than 25 percent in 2007
- Currently, 755 co-ops (nearly 90 percent) offer renewable energy options to a total of almost 15 million residential co-op members.
- Co-ops have used $141,474,107 in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds to develop 68 MW of renewable capacity.
(NOTE: some cooperatives sell the environmental attributes of the power they are generating using renewable resources.)
Contact information for individual cooperatives and statewide associations can be found by using the pull-down menu of states on the www.NRECA.coop home page.