Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 28, 2012
CONTACT: Randy Wilkerson, corpcomm@wapa.gov, 720-962-7050

WESTERN INITIATES 2012 WIND COOPERATIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Western Area Power Administration, the Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association are looking for an electric cooperative that has distinguished itself in wind power development for the 2012 Wind Cooperative of the Year award. Nominations are due Dec. 12, 2012.

Randy Manion, Western’s Renewable Resource Program manager, said, “This marks the 12th year DOE, NRECA and Western have collaborated on the Wind Cooperative of the Year award. When Wind Powering America initiative started the awards program in partnership with NRECA, there weren’t more than a few thousand megawatts of installed wind generation across the United States. Today, there are more than 50,000 MW installed, employing more than 75,000 people - what a success story for our county. The Wind Cooperative of the Year award is one important way we recognize the electric cooperatives that have helped make the United States a leader in wind power.”

Entries must be submitted on the official nomination form found at http://ww2.wapa.gov/sites/western/renewables/Documents/WindCoopAward/WindCoopAward_nom_form_2012.doc and are limited to 1,000 words or less. A panel of wind industry experts will judge entries on

This year’s winner will be recognized at the NRECA TechAdvantage Conference in New Orleans, La., the week of Feb. 18-21, 2013.

Previous winners include: Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Kodiak Electric Association, Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Associated Electric Cooperative, Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Holy Cross Energy, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, and Great River Energy.

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