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Co-ops to build more community solar projects

Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative, Winchester, was the first in the state to build a 500 kilowatt ­community solar facility. Following that ­project Jo-Carroll Energy, Elizabeth, announced the completion of a ­community solar project of 456 solar panels, each with a capacity of 275 watts. In March, Prairie Power, Inc. announced plans for two 500 kilowatt community […]

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Illinois board member part of national leadership team

Two electric cooperative CEOs and a director will ­comprise the new leadership of the NRECA Board for the next two years. The new NRECA Board leader­ship team is President Mel Coleman, Vice President Phil Carson and Secretary-Treasurer Curtis Wynn. Carson is a board director for Tri-County Electric Cooperative and the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. […]

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Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day held in Springfield

Students from across Illinois met with their legislative represen­tatives during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, March 25 in Springfield. More than 250 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues. While touring the Capitol […]

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Final geothermal energy grant will save Macomb church

A $50,000 GeoAlliance grant was presented in February to the First Baptist Church of Macomb. The grant will help offset the cost of the highly energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system that was recently installed in the church’s new fellowship hall. Although the grant program is now closed, GeoAlliance was a collaboration between the […]

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Free co-op conference available for youth leaders

Each June, the Illinois Cooperative Council (ICC) hosts a two-day youth conference for high school FFA members from across the state to increase awareness of cooperatives. This event, to be held June 4-5 on the Macomb campus of Western Illinois University, provides leadership development opportunities for future cooperative leaders. Each year, approximately 75 students attend […]

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Electric cars could help co-ops control peaks

Many electric co-ops can already turn off a member’s air conditioning and hot water heater to reduce peak demand and save money. The next step in load control could involve electric cars. That idea is already in the works. Eight automakers, the Electric Power Research Institute and 15 utilities are teaming up to develop a […]

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Copper thieves cut co-op poles

Copper thieves have come up with a new and costly way to get what they want from an Illinois electric cooperative: cutting down poles. “It began with just a couple of isolated poles, and then it began to spread throughout our territory into parts of three different counties. Before we knew it, we had more […]

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