Press Releases

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.

Dairyland Power's 72nd Annual Meeting

June 5, 2013 - Approximately 600 electric cooperative leaders and guests attended Dairyland’s 72nd annual meeting at the La Crosse Center on June 5. Dan Korn, Chairman of the Board and director representing Vernon Electric Cooperative, presided over the meeting. The theme of the meeting was Power with Purpose, referring to Dairyland’s mission as a cooperative utility to improve quality of life by powering communities and empowering members. Following that theme in his primary address, William Berg, Dairyland President and CEO, provided a bit of a history lesson in how progress is made.

Dairyland Earns “Golden Helmet” Active Commuting Award

May 31, 2013 - Dairyland Power has been recognized by the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition (DRBC) with a 2013 Golden Helmet award for “getting more people on bikes more often.” The award is the result of a friendly competition among La Crosse area companies to increase active commuting during the recent Coulee Region Bike to Work Week. Area companies registered to compete in such categories as the number of bicyclists at their businesses, and the number of miles logged by participants during Bike to Work Week.

Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program

April 22, 2013 - 85 falcon chicks have fledged from Dairyland’s nesting sites since the mid-1990s A slow start to spring hasn’t stopped the annual return of Peregrine falcons to the Coulee Region and Dairyland’s nesting boxes. The 2013 Peregrine falcon season began at Dairyland in late February with the sighting of a falcon at Dairyland’s Genoa (Wis.) power plant nesting box. Falcons arrived at the Alma (Wis.) power plant site in early March.