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Lawmakers slam EPA water rule

A water rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would grind the U.S. economy to a halt by ­expanding federal authority over everything from ditches to seasonal streams. “Every hollow and valley in my region has some sort of stream running through it, sometimes dry or intermittent, and those will be under your jurisdiction,” said […]

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Co-op solar program marks first anniversary

The Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC), Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange and the National Renewables Cooperative Organization recently marked the first anniver­sary of their landmark Solar Cooperative Community Projects (sCOOP) program. The ­organizations created the program in response to growing interest among electric cooperatives in deploying small-scale solar ­generation resources, allowing members to ­purchase part of […]

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Flag raising Lineman Rodeo 2014

Raising the flag the lineman way

At the 17th Lineman’s Safety Rodeo, held at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, this year’s class of “up and coming” linemen raised the American flag using their new pole ­climbing skills. The event was held Oct. 3 and teams from 14 Illinois electric ­cooperatives competed in the annual event. This year’s best overall team ­winners […]

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You still have time to comment to the EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period for its proposed “Clean Power Plan” by 45 days. EPA held public ­hearings on the proposal throughout July and was originally ­accepting comments until Oct. 16. The new closing date for ­comments is Dec. 1. To make your own comment go to www.action.coop. “Folks […]

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Co-ops partner with USDA to spark jobs

Corn Belt Energy, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative and Shelby Electric Cooperative were among several Illinois electric cooperatives to receive loans from the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grants Program to support rural communities and job growth in 2014. In Bloomington, Ill., Corn Belt Energy’s project will be for $1,775,000 for the purchase of equipment for […]

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Saving co-op power by going without it

Why would anyone willingly go without electricity — no air conditioning, fans or lights — on a hot summer day? How about to get a nice break on their bill? That’s what’s happening at Corn Belt Energy, Bloomington, Ill., with a ­program so popular the co-op can’t accommodate everyone who’s interested. Some 2,500 members are […]

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Investing in rural business through Illinois electric co-ops

The USDA understands that rural electric cooperatives are often leaders in their communities and the importance of economic development to the communities they serve. To invest in infrastructure that will expand opportunity for all Americans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded organizations in 14 states loans and grants to ­support rural infrastructure, job creation efforts and […]

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Sen. Righter receives 2014 Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Public Service Award

At the headquarters for Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative in Mattoon on August 28, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon, 55th District) received the 2014 Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Sen. Righter’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for ­outstanding contributions to the rural […]

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Energy consumption to inch up

Residential sales of elec­tricity in 2014 are expected to average 2.1 ­percent more than in 2013, ­according to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In order to meet the growing demand, EIA expects U.S. generation to grow by 1.1 percent from 2013 to an ­average 11,200 gigawatt-hours per day. […]

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