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ASSOCIATED ELECTRIC
Member-owned,
member-focused
Reliable, affordable,
responsible electricity
Matching responsible generation with
the need for reliable, affordable power
by Mark Viguet |
F
Above: Associated and the six transmission cooperatives built and
maintain one of the largest electric co-op grids in the nation, ensuring
reliability. Below: This concrete tank allows fly ash to be recycled
and water reused at the Thomas Hill Energy Center.
info@ruralmissouri.coop
rom the White House, a proposed plan to cut greenhouse
gas emissions in half by 2030 and create
a carbon-free power sector by 2035 means power
generators like Associated Electric Cooperative must
intensify efforts to maintain reliability and affordability
with responsibly generated electricity.
Associated is owned by and provides wholesale power
to six regional transmission cooperatives that provide that
power to 51 local electric distribution cooperative systems
in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that
serve 2.1 million member-consumers. Their priorities are
clear.
" Our mission mirrors the priorities of the member-owners
served by our system, who want reliable, low-cost electricity, "
says David Tudor, Associated's CEO and general
manager. " We have successfully navigated many changes
in presidential administrations, policies and regulations
over many years and will continue to do the right things,
for the right reasons, at the right times. "
Renewable leadership
A cornerstone of any plan to reduce carbon includes
increasing renewable power sources like wind, which are
variable, not reliable - only available when the wind is
blowing or, in the case of solar power, when the sun is
shining. Today, no battery technology exists that duplicates
the reliability of traditional generation like nuclear,
coal or natural gas plants.
Associated has been a renewable power leader for
Missouri, bringing the first utility-scale wind farms to the
state in 2007 by contracting to buy all the power produced
by the wind farms. Since then, Associated has increased
its total to eight wind farms. The two most recent wind
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