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A GeoAlliance grant check to help fund a geothermal system in the Transportation Education Center was recently presented to officials of Southern Illinois University (SIU). From left are: Phil Gatton, SIU director of plant and service operations; Bryce Cramer, Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association district office and member services manager, Murphysboro; Nancy McDonald, AIEC marketing administrator; Andrew Croxell, SIU assistant professor, automotive technology; Justin Harrell, SIU engineer, physical plant services; and Bret Dougherty, SIU coordinator of administrative services, plant and service operations.

GeoAlliance is closed out with final grant presentation

The final geothermal grant presen­tation was held in November at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIU Carbondale) and signaled the close of the GeoAlliance grant program. SIU received a $50,000 grant to help fund a geothermal heat pump installation for a portion of the Transportation Education Center. The four-phase, $1.5 million GeoAlliance grant program, formed in 2003, was a joint venture ...Read More

Ice, wind and flood waters hit two Illinois electric cooperatives just after Christmas, ­leaving some members without power for several days. But co-op linemen from across the state came to aid Corn Belt Energy crews replace more than 100 broken poles. Record rainfall in late December also caused massive problems for rural areas across the state.

Co-op crews battle ice, floods and tornadoes

The Christmas season started off with major outages as Mother Nature threw blizzards, tornadoes, floods and ice storms at co-op line crews across the country. Here in Illinois, ice storms hit Corn Belt Energy taking out more than 100 poles, breaking cross arms and downing trees and power lines. Transmission lines serving the co-op’s substations were also downed by the ice ...Read More

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Thomas H. Moore – Illinois pioneer of rural electrification

In July of 1961, a young Arkansas firebrand named Thomas H. Moore came to Springfield, full of energy, workaholic-like spirit and a bundle of ideas. He was hired by Illinois electric cooperative leaders to lead the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, a small but growing trade association. Mr. Moore, as he was known by electric co-op folks across Illinois, and ...Read More

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Cooperative Action Network Clean Power Plan update

Last year, many co-op members in Illinois shared their concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the agency’s ­proposed “Clean Power Plan.” Over one million Americans did the same at Action.coop and TellEPA.com. While the EPA addressed several co-op ­concerns in its final rule, the new rule unfortunately still has some ­serious flaws. We respectfully believe the rule ...Read More

Copper theft is a serious issue and theft of ground wires from a substation like this is extremely expensive, causes outages and creates a serious safety hazard.

Illinois co-ops a part of Metal Theft Task Force

The copper theft scourge has been taking a toll on electric cooperatives for several years, but a new law in Illinois gives the state’s co-ops a role in ­helping fight it. The law, which took effect New Year’s Day, creates the Recyclable Metal Theft Task Force. One seat on the panel is reserved for a represen­tative of Illinois’ electric co-ops. ...Read More

The IMEA presented its 2016 Public Service Award to the AIEC. The two consumer-owned utility associations work together to protect the interests of consumer-owned utilities in the state. From the left are AIEC General Counsel Norman Conrad, AIEC President and CEO Duane Noland, IMEA President and CEO Kevin Gaden, Senior Vice President of Government Relations Don Wood and Manager of Government Relations Nick Reitz.

IMEA presents award to Illinois cooperatives

On behalf of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, AIEC President and CEO Duane Noland and Senior Vice President of Government Relations Don Wood accepted the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency’s Public Service Award at the agency’s annual meeting and awards banquet held in Springfield on November 13. The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) is a joint action agency made up ...Read More

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Illinois pioneers of rural electrification

Abram E. “Abe” Becker, ­former manager of Menard Electric Cooperative in Petersburg was selected in 1942 to coordinate activities for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC), while continuing his duties for the cooperative. As the activities of the AIEC grew, the Petersburg native became its first full-time ­manager and oversaw construction of a new headquarters building in Springfield. One ...Read More

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos receives a golden hard hat and the 2015 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. With Bustos are (l-r) Michael Hastings, President and CEO of Jo-Carroll Energy; David Senn, Chairman of the Jo-Carroll Energy board of directors; Duane Noland, President and CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives and Bill Dodds, President and CEO of Spoon River Electric Cooperative.

Rep. Bustos receives 2015 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

Leaders from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Jo-Carroll Energy and Spoon River Electric Cooperative presented U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline, 17th Congressional District) with the 2015 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of her dedicated public ­service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural ...Read More

Pictured from left are: Josh Bullock, Lake Land College President, Nancy McDonald, Marketing Administrator, AIEC; Gary Cadwell, Lake Land College Board Chairman; Kim Leftwich, President and CEO, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative; and Sam Adair, Member Services Representative, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative.

Lake Land College receives $50,000 geothermal grant

Lake Land College recently received a $50,000 GeoAlliance grant to help fund the installation of a highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly geothermal heat pump heating and cooling system in the college’s Northeast Building, which is used for employee offices and student housing. The GeoAlliance geothermal grant program, which is now closed, was funded through the Illinois Clean Energy Community ...Read More

Cooperatives congratulate Senate on approving bill to strengthen cybersecurity

Following Senate passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) on October 27, Kirk Johnson, senior vice-president of government relations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, thanked Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chair Diane Feinstein for bipar­tisan leadership on a bill to promote multi­directional voluntary infor­mation sharing by the government and ­businesses in response to cyber threats. ...Read More