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If you are a Bluestem Electric Cooperative consumer-member, your magazine this month includes a special cover announcing that the issue includes your co-op’s annual report in the middle section of the magazine. It’s an innovative way for some co-ops to deliver important information to their consumer-members while realizing cost savings in printing, postage and staff time.
Speaking of innovations, 12 Kansas electric co-ops announced in November 2020 a partnership to procure more than 20 MW of solar to reduce their peak demand. This unique cooperative program, the Kansas Cooperative Sun Power Program, includes a series of solar farms developed by Today’s Power, Inc. designed to harvest renewable energy in Kansas for those participating co-ops. This method of generation makes it possible for these cooperatives to increase the production of renewable energy year-round and reduce peak demand, enabling each co-op to provide financial stability to its consumer-members while also reducing their carbon footprint.
Some of these projects are in the engineering process, others have broken ground, with all projects taking place in phases this year and throughout 2022. Individual projects for participating cooperatives will be announced as initiated and completed. “Stay tuned” to your co-op’s local pages beginning on Page 16A for updated information on this and other innovative ways Kansas electric co-ops work in the best interests of their consumer-members.