'Challenging time’ for co-op, Pierce Pepin members toldChallenges facing the industry were shared with members of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services at their annual meeting late last month.
'Challenging time’ for co-op, Pierce Pepin members told
By Bill Kirk
Challenges facing the industry were shared with members of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services at their annual meeting late last month.
Brian Rude, vice president of external and member relations for Dairyland Power Co-op, Pierce Pepin’s wholesale supplier, told how conditions are affecting rates. He showed power charges to Dairyland’s 25 member systems have increased by 5.4 percent over the last four years.
“We have two core missions,” he said, “providing our customers with reliable power and doing it at a reasonable rate.”
Regarding environmental considerations, Rude said Dairyland doesn’t expect to build another fossil fuel plant for at least 10 years and perhaps even 20 or 30. Renewable resources for the power co-op are: the Flambeau hydro plant, four wind projects, three landfill gas projects, five manure digesters and a biomass plant (due online this year). Additionally, there are over 150 installations owned by customers for small renewables, including 86 solar, 69 wind and one small hydro operation.
Read more in the print version of the Herald April 7.