Rural Power Coalition Asks Congress to Increase Support for Rural Electric Cooperatives to Spur Recovery and Energy Transition
MONTEVIDEO, MN, February 23, 2021 – The Rural Power Coalition (RPC) is calling on Congress to enact seven policies to support rural electric cooperatives in transitioning to a more sustainable electric grid. The crippling of Texas’ power grid by a cold snap is a tragic yet timely reminder of the importance of rural infrastructure, especially as the United States considers massive COVID-19 relief and climate change-related infrastructure investments.
MONTEVIDEO, MN, September 29, 2020 – There are serious financial concerns with Minnkota Electric Cooperative’s proposed Project Tundra at its Milton R. Young coal plant in Center, ND. The Institute on Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) found that Project Tundra could cost rural electric co-op member-owners hundreds of millions in a new report “Project Tundra: A Step in the Wrong Direction.”
MONTEVIDEO, MN, June 24, 2020 – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced on Wednesday that the State of Minnesota had filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute (API). For decades ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company, Koch Industries, Minnesota’s largest oil refiner, and API, the national trade association for the oil and gas industry, knew that their actions and products were causing climate change—and did nothing but lie. These companies continued to profit mightily for decade after decade while maintaining a disinformation campaign. Today, Minnesota is finally taking action to hold them accountable.
MONTEVIDEO, MN, May 8, 2020 – Great River Energy (GRE) announced Thursday that it would close one of its two remaining coal-fired power plants and repower the other with natural gas; both are in North Dakota. It will also shift new investment to cleaner, more affordable wind power to the benefit of the rural electric co-op member-owners it serves. Wholesale power costs are expected to drop 12-13%. Carbon pollution will be reduced by 95%. GRE serves 28 electric distribution cooperatives, 24 in Minnesota.
ST. PAUL, MN, February 26, 2020 – Today, the Minnesota State Senate’s Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee is meeting to introduce a bill that revokes the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) authority to set standards for auto emissions. This specifically targets MPCA’s ability to adopt a Clean Cars Standard. Minnesotans for Clean Cars, a statewide coalition, is advocating for the adoption of a Clean Cars Standard by the MPCA. Some lawmakers argue that a Clean Cars Standard would be harmful to rural Minnesota. Many rural Minnesotans strongly disagree and wonder why some Minnesota leaders are trying to stop a measure that will save Minnesotans money, improve air quality and health, reduce climate pollution, provide more vehicle choice, and help all Minnesotans be part of a clean energy future.
ORTONVILLE, MN June 3, 2019 — Are you a prairie enthusiast ready to share your knowledge and passion with others? Looking for a fun family day that also supports public lands? Want an opportunity to discover a new dragonfly species in western Minnesota? Interested in learning about the connection between conservation grazing and healthy ecosystems? Join naturalists, farmers, and other local residents for a tallgrass prairie “BioBlitz” Saturday, June 22.
Montevideo, MN November 14, 2018 — A Minnesota rural advocacy group recently released a report showing that Rural Electric Co-ops (RECs) in Minnesota fall short of providing basic online information for their member-owners. The Rural Electric Cooperative Report Card documents what information is made available to co-op member-owners on the websites of the 43 Minnesota Rural Electric Cooperatives. The report, produced by CURE, can be found on its Minnesota Local Energy Project website at www.mnlocalenergyproject.org.
Montevideo, MN, July 2, 2018 — Join CURE on the banks of the Minnesota River to celebrate our water, honor female leaders, and learn about the roots of democracy! “Water, Women & Democracy” will be held on Saturday, July 28 from 10 am – 10 pm at Wegdahl County Park.
The Art of Caucusing: Training for a Stronger Democracy — CURE’s Rural Democracy Project helps citizens build governing power
Montevideo, MN, January 8, 2018 — How do we make a future that works for all of us? How do we support a people’s agenda—a platform that recognizes and advances the needs and desires of all people to thrive in a healthy and just world? Join CURE’s non-partisan Rural Democracy Project at “The Art of Caucusing: Trainings for a Stronger Democracy” to learn how to caucus and more fully participate in the democratic process. This month CURE is hosting seven trainings throughout west central and southwestern Minnesota.
Montevideo, MN, February 19, 2015 — CURE is proud to announce that our long-standing relationship with the McKnight Foundation will continue through 2015 and 2016. In November of last year, CURE received word that the board of the McKnight Foundation approved a two-year grant to support the organization’s Water Program.
Morris, MN, February 17, 2015 — The Land Stewardship Project and CURE are coming together to co-sponsor a Soil Carbon Challenge presentation and discussion on Saturday, February 21, at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.
Montevideo, MN, January 23, 2015 — n the 2015 Legislative Session, CURE will be working in partnership with the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign to move the state legislature to transition our state to clean, renewable energy like wind and solar and improve energy efficiency. CURE is providing transportation and the opportunity for people to meet with their legislators at the State Capital on Monday, February 2.
- 5/13/2014: CURE recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship work
- 5/13/2014: Kylene Olson recipient of CURE’s 2013 RiverKeeper Award for outstanding watershed work