Press Releases

Dairyland Attended White House Solar Summit

April 16, 2014 - Dairyland participated in the White House Solar Summit and Champions of Change event in April at the White House in Washington, D.C. Dairyland was nominated to attend the summit by the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, a Dairyland member, was also represented at the Summit. The summit recognized local leaders in the U.S. who are taking action to advance solar power. Recently, Dairyland announced it is expanding its renewable energy resources with the addition of two commercial solar projects.

Dam Safety Awareness Week (April 7-12)

April 10, 2014 - Spring has finally arrived and with the warmer temperatures come higher river flows on area rivers due to melting snow and spring rain. These flows are a stark reminder of how powerful the forces of Nature can be and how important it is to stay safe when boating, canoeing, fishing or seeking other recreation opportunities on area rivers. Dairyland Power Cooperative joins with the Midwest Hydro Users Group (HUG) in observing Dam Safety Awareness Week (April 7-12) to promote public safety awareness near dams and prevent accidents throughout the boating season.

DPC Expanding Solar Energy Resources

March 11, 2014 - Dairyland Power Cooperative is expanding its renewable energy resources with the addition of another commercial solar project. The new solar installation will be approximately 520 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes. The project will be located adjacent to Vernon Electric Cooperative’s headquarters along U.S. Highway 27 in Westby, Wis.

Dairyland Urging Caution on Flambeau Reservoir

February 20, 2014 - Dairyland Power Cooperative urges caution to those who are using the Dairyland Reservoir (Lake Flambeau) near Ladysmith, Wis., for recreational activities this time of year. The ice becomes unstable and dangerous as spring approaches. Fishermen, snowmobilers, boaters and all recreational enthusiasts using the Reservoir should also be cautious near the spillway, since dangerous currents can develop as flows increase. Dairyland is implementing a normal drawdown of up to two feet, as the spring run-off starts.

Dairyland Announces Solar Project

January 16, 2014 - Dairyland Power has signed an agreement with Minnesota-Three, LLC, to purchase the renewable energy produced by a planned large solar facility, to be located along U.S. Highway 52 north of Rochester, Minn. The new solar installation will be 517 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes. The facility will be located in the Oronoco Crossings business park and interconnected to People’s Energy Cooperative power delivery system.

Dairyland Power Donates $15,000 to Town of Genoa

December 5, 2013 - Dairyland Power Cooperative has donated a total of $15,000 to the Town of Genoa towards the purchase of a new water tanker truck for the Genoa-Harmony Fire Department. Dairyland contributed $10,000, which was then matched in part by CoBank, a national cooperative bank, through CoBank’s Sharing Success program. CoBank provided an additional $5,000, the maximum donation allowed through the program, enabling a total contribution of $15,000. The Genoa-Harmony Fire Department serves the entirety of Dairyland’s property located in both the Town and Village of Genoa.

Dairyland Leads WI Utilities in Renewables

October 1, 2013 - Dairyland Power has been identified as having made the most progress in meeting the Wisconsin Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) among utilities in the state, according to a report prepared for and accepted by the Public Service Commission (PSC). The PSC’s 2012 RPS Compliance Report tracks utility compliance and action towards Wisconsin’s RPS. Each Wisconsin electric provider’s RPS in 2015 is 6 percent above the average renewable percentage for the years 2001-2003.

Genoa Boat Landing Enhanced

June 6, 2013 - Dairyland Power and the Town of Genoa have collaborated to provide a restroom facility at the Genoa boat landing. Fishermen and recreational boaters will have access to a permanent two-unit restroom facility, replacing the two port-a-potties that had been at the location. The Genoa boat landing sees the most traffic of all landings in Pool 9 of the Mississippi River. The vault-style facilities are similar to the Wisconsin state park models, featuring a modern venting system and motion-sensitive lighting for greater efficiency.