Press Releases

Dairyland Power Announces Wind Energy Expansion

February 14, 2017 - Dairyland Power Cooperative will begin purchasing 80 MW of renewable energy from the Barton Wind Farm (Kensett, Iowa), effective February 15. Dairyland has reached a power purchase agreement with Avangrid Renewables (Portland, Ore.) which owns and operates the Barton Wind Farm. It is located in north-central Iowa and has been in service since 2009. The Barton Wind Farm has a capacity of 160 MW of wind energy, of which Dairyland will purchase 80 MW—enough renewable energy to power more than 19,000 homes.

Dairyland Donates $10,000 to Town of Flambeau for road improvements

July 21, 2016 - Dairyland has donated a total of $10,000 to the Town of Flambeau (Wis.) in support of road improvements. Dairyland contributed $5,000, which was then matched in full by CoBank, a national cooperative bank, through CoBank’s Sharing Success program. The donation is helping fund the Town of Flambeau’s repaving of Community Park Road, which leads to the entrance of Rusk County’s Community Park. Community Park is located on the Dairyland Reservoir (Lake Flambeau) near Ladysmith, Wis., and is the site of one of the Reservoir’s boat landings.

Dairyland Announces Major Wind Energy Expansion

June 8, 2016 - Dairyland Power Cooperative announced a significant expansion of wind resources at its 75th Annual Meeting on June 8. Barbara Nick, Dairyland President and CEO, stated in her address that Dairyland will purchase the renewable energy from a 98 MW wind project in southwestern Wisconsin. Dairyland has reached a power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America LLC which will develop, operate and maintain the Quilt Block Wind Farm, located 20 miles southeast of Platteville.

Groundbreaking for Dairyland and Richland Solar Projects

May 23, 2016 - Dairyland Power Cooperative, Richland Electric Cooperative and SoCore Energy celebrated the start of construction of two solar projects with a groundbreaking event near Hillsboro, Wis., on Monday, May 23. This is the first of 12 major solar projects announced by Dairyland Power. Dairyland has power purchase agreements in place with two developers to purchase over 15 MW of renewable energy from multiple new utility-scale photovoltaic solar facilities in Wisconsin.

Dairyland Provides Solar for Schools

April 22, 2016 - Three Western Wisconsin public schools will soon benefit from Dairyland’s Solar for Schools initiative. This summer, 12 kilowatt solar installations will be constructed on-site at Alma Area School (K-12), Cochrane-Fountain City School (K-12) and De Soto Area Middle & High School. Dairyland issued a Request for Proposals for the projects in fall 2015, seeking an experienced contractor to procure, install and maintain a fixed-panel, pole-mounted solar system at each school. Regional contractor ABLE Energy Co.

Dairyland Names Nate Melby CIO

March 1, 2016 - Dairyland is pleased to announce the hire of Nathaniel “Nate” Melby to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective Feb. 29. As CIO, Melby will be responsible for all aspects of Dairyland’s information technology and systems. He will provide leadership for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives that advance business strategies. A native of the La Crosse area, Melby holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from UW-La Crosse, an MBA from UW-Whitewater and a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.

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