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Hydropower: Time-tested Renewable Energy Today, hydropower provides about 80,000 MW of capacity in the United States—enough to power more than 25 million average homes—and accounts for about 75 percent of all renewable electricity used by co-ops.      But how does it work? Simply, hydropower converts the natural energy of moving water to mechanical energy, […]

Co-op Birthday Timeline

May 11, 1935        The Rural Electrification Administration (REA) was created. 1937                     Five meetings were held to promote rural electrification. About 300 farmers signed applications for organizing the cooperative. June 1938             530 members signed applications with 291 being located in Henry County and 239 in Jefferson County. Board […]

When Electricity Came to the Farm

Access Electricity provided by the REA came to our farm in the summer of 1947 when I was six years old.  I really don’t remember much about the pre-electricity period, but I know we had a light-plant powered by a gasoline engine that provided limited electricity in a DC mode, which, according to my Dad, […]

Solar Energy Costs Decline, But Still Not Free

Solar energy has come a long way since 1830, when British astronomer John Herschel famously used a solar thermal collector box (a device that absorbs sunlight to collect heat) to cook food during an expedition to Africa.   Today, photovoltaic (PV) materials directly convert light into electrical energy without the need for turbines, generators, or […]

Harnessing Renewable Energy

Member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives like Access Energy Cooperative study and adopt innovative technologies to help us provide safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity.      Battery power is one of these promising technologies, but on a much larger scale than batteries found in a flashlight or electric car, of course. The ability to store […]

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