East River Electric Power Cooperative has been recognized as "Wind Cooperative of the Year."
The award was presented during a recent conference in New Orleans sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
A panel of wind industry, utility, government, national laboratory and cooperative experts selected East River from a group of 15 nominees nationwide.
East River is a wholesale electric power supply cooperative serving eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. In 2009, the co-op created South Dakota Wind Partners, a model for community-based, locally owned wind development that relied on residents rather than large equity investors.
General Manager Jeff Nelson says the co-op and its members are committed to increasing local value.
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