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Spring 2022 Edition
The latest economic development news and opportunities awaiting your business with the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of the Dairyland Power System.

Dairyland and NuScale Power Announce MOU

Dairyland and NuScale Power have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to evaluate the potential deployment of NuScale’s advanced nuclear technology.

Under this MOU, the two parties will work together to explore NuScale’s small modular reactor technology and support Dairyland’s due diligence process in evaluating affordable, reliable and carbon-free energy solutions.

In support of Dairyland’s existing portfolio, NuScale’s VOYGRTM power plants are flexible and able to perform load following maneuvers to meet grid capacity needs due to the intermittency of wind, solar, and hydro generation, facilitating the growth of renewables. Additionally, NuScale’s technology is particularly well-suited for placement at retiring coal plant sites, preserving critical jobs in the energy industry and helping host communities facilitate the transition to a decarbonized energy system. Click here to read more.

Redevelopment & Reuse Study:  Genoa Power Plant Site

Dairyland’s Genoa Site Redevelopment & Reuse Study was recently completed by Ady Advantage (Madison, Wis.). The project sought to identify optimal reuses of Dairyland’s retired Genoa Site, focused on the overall vitality of the Genoa area community while aligning with Dairyland’s continued operational needs at the site.

The study identified approximately 45 acres of land at the Genoa Site that will be available for industrial redevelopment. Site assets include: Mississippi River access, highway access and well-maintained barge docking facilities. Following a thorough exploration of scenarios that aligned with project goals and site assets, barge transportation, transloading operations and light manufacturing/ assembly emerged as the top-three reuse options.  

To continue due diligence, Dairyland plans to issue a Request for Expression of Interest in the site to barge fleeting and transload operators from across the Midwest to gain further, non-binding, insights into potential interest in reuse of the site. This work will go forward in tandem with the continued decommissioning and dismantlement of the plant itself which will continue through 2023.

To inquire regarding site redevelopment opportunities, please contact Jenny Radcliffe, Senior Economic Development Specialist.

Heartland Power Cooperative Partners with Valent BioSciences on Osage Facility Environmental Initiatives


Valent BioSciences LLC (Osage, Iowa) recently announced that it is undertaking two major environmental initiatives at its biorational manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa. They include a new prairie restoration project and solar field.

Prairie Restoration Project

Valent BioSciences is restoring 34 acres of highly diverse native prairie on its land in Mitchell County, Iowa, which will be accessible to the public. This project will help establish and support a diverse native habitat for birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, and small wildlife. At maturation, the prairie will sequester approximately 170 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Solar Field

The 1.5-megawatt alternating current (AC) solar field will be constructed on 12 acres of Valent BioSciences land adjacent to the prairie restoration project in conjunction with its partners, OneEnergy Renewables and Heartland Power Cooperative. This field will include approximately 3,700 bifacial solar panels. This project ensures that renewable energy will help power the Valent BioSciences facility. Click here to read more.  

Podcast:  Eau Claire Energy Cooperative Discusses Workforce Development & Partnerships


Eau Claire Energy Cooperative's Chief Administrative Officer Monica Obrycki was recently interviewed by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce on their Business Matters podcast. Obrycki discusses workforce challenges and partnerships with the Chamber. Click here to listen.

Development Opportunities

Available Sites & Facilities

Economic Development Toolbox

Meat & Poultry Processing Expansion Program

The MPPEP provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity. Grants of up to 20% of total project costs, not to exceed $25 million are available. Applications are due May 11, 2022. Click here to learn more about eligible uses.

Wisconsin Cooperative Feasibility Grant

The WCFG Program is designed to support the success of current and future cooperatives by allowing them to explore all facets of their business before large investments are made. Eligible projects include comprehensive feasibility studies and partial feasibility study elements. Click here for additional information.

Community Development Corner

Investing in Rural Prosperity

Economic Development Loan Program
available through your Touchstone Energy
® Cooperative

Who We Are
The Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of the Dairyland Power System provide power to homes, farms and businesses in western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and northwest Illinois.  These 24 electric cooperatives are owned and governed by the member-consumers they serve.  For more information about our cooperatives and the community and economic development services we provide, contact us. 
Community & Economic Development Team
Craig Harmes
Manager, Community & Economic Development

Jenny Kuderer-Radcliffe
Senior Economic Development Specialist

Donna Walker
Senior Economic Development Specialist
Dairyland Power is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
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